Speaking up: Applying the Theory of Planned Behavior to Bystander Intervention in Racism

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Because racism remains a significant issue in society, and many victims of racism do not speak up for themselves when faced with racism, it is important to explore how witnesses to racist events may react and intervene upon observing racism toward others. Thus, the current study explored how participants (bystanders) reacted verbally to racist comments made by a confederate during a partner activity, as well as how participants discussed their reactions in post-interviews. Forty college students participated in the study, and three of the participants verbally intervened upon hearing the racist statements. Ajzen's theory of planned behavior was utilized as ... continued below

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Hall, Camille Ashley May 2010.

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Because racism remains a significant issue in society, and many victims of racism do not speak up for themselves when faced with racism, it is important to explore how witnesses to racist events may react and intervene upon observing racism toward others. Thus, the current study explored how participants (bystanders) reacted verbally to racist comments made by a confederate during a partner activity, as well as how participants discussed their reactions in post-interviews. Forty college students participated in the study, and three of the participants verbally intervened upon hearing the racist statements. Ajzen's theory of planned behavior was utilized as a framework, and examination of the results indicated that components of the theory as well as social constructions of racism and appropriateness of intervention behaviors affect intervention outcomes. Theoretical, methodological, and practical implications, as well as suggestions for future research are included.

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Hall, Camille Ashley. Speaking up: Applying the Theory of Planned Behavior to Bystander Intervention in Racism, thesis, May 2010; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc28425/: accessed July 26, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .