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Spring 4-14-2020

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Lytle, B., Bizal, K., Hansmeier, H., Brumbaugh, T., Magee, J., Sullivan, J., Kumar, S., Gervais, S., & DiLillo, D. (2020, April). How moral foundations and traditional sex ideologies influence attitudes on bystander intervention among college students. Poster accepted for presentation to the Nebraska Student Research Expo, Lincoln, NE.


Many researchers highlight the need for bystander prevention programs on college campuses to mitigate the risk of sexual assault among college students (Caver, 2013).

However, Hoxmeier, O’Connor, and McMahon (2020) found that college students often hold different attitudes towards bystander intervention based on adherence to traditional gender roles.

Other researchers have found that those who do intervene tend to be higher in moral values such as altruism and social responsibility (Moisuc, Brauer, Fonseca, Chaurand, & Greitemeyer, 2018).

To date, there is little known about the specific link between traditional sex roles and moral values as they relate to bystander attitudes, yet this is an important gap to fill in order to pinpoint the characteristics of those who are more likely to intervene.

Hypothesis: We predict that individuals who adhere to more traditional sex role ideology will hold more negative attitudes toward bystander intervention, whereas those with higher moral values will hold more positive attitudes toward intervening in a risky sexual scenario.

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