UA-174898256-1 Crimes Against Children Research Center

Bystander Behavior




Kimberly Mitchell

Lisa Jones

Bystander Behavior 

Researchers at the CCRC have been involved in multiple projects which aim to better understand bystander behavior.          .


National Study Finds That Bystanders Support Victims of Harassment and Bullying More Often Than Commonly Thought

This paper reports on a CCRC study that found that in contrast to previous studies, youth victims of in-person and online harassment and bullying report that in most cases, bystanders tried to help them. Bystanders are present for the majority of harassment incidents (80%). In about 70% of these cases, victims report that a bystander tried to make them feel better. Negative bystander reactions, though considerably less frequent, still occurred in nearly a quarter of incidents and were associated with a significantly higher negative impact on the victim.