Analysis of Helping Behavior in College Students

Mariah Wyatt, Western Oregon University

Abstract

The current study investigates altruistic tendencies in humans and how positive affect in the victim effects helping behavior in those given the opportunity to aid or leave the situation. I predicted that (1) men would be more likely to help the woman in both conditions and that (2) positive affect will have a stronger effect on eliciting helping behavior in men. Both male and female participants will be more likely to aid the woman demonstrating positive affect than negative affect. Men and woman were provided with a short dialogue with a woman in need of help while demonstrating either positive or negative affect. After reading the passage, helping behavior was measured based on how much money the participant donated to the woman out of the hypothetical $100 in their wallet. A 2 x 2 Analysis of Variance will be used to analyze the data. The impact of this research on the future understanding of helping behavior will be discussed along with implications of the research.

 
Jun 1st, 8:30 AM Jun 1st, 10:30 AM

Analysis of Helping Behavior in College Students

WUC Pacific Room

The current study investigates altruistic tendencies in humans and how positive affect in the victim effects helping behavior in those given the opportunity to aid or leave the situation. I predicted that (1) men would be more likely to help the woman in both conditions and that (2) positive affect will have a stronger effect on eliciting helping behavior in men. Both male and female participants will be more likely to aid the woman demonstrating positive affect than negative affect. Men and woman were provided with a short dialogue with a woman in need of help while demonstrating either positive or negative affect. After reading the passage, helping behavior was measured based on how much money the participant donated to the woman out of the hypothetical $100 in their wallet. A 2 x 2 Analysis of Variance will be used to analyze the data. The impact of this research on the future understanding of helping behavior will be discussed along with implications of the research.