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We examined what variables lead to positive bystander intervention. Data was obtained from high school students who were given surveys about dating violence. We analyzed how demographics, rape myths and knowledge correlated with positive bystander intervention intentions. We found that there are two factors of intervention: in the moment bystander intervention and positive messaging bystander intervention. Girls were more likely to report bystander intervention intentions than boys. Students who were older and of a lower socioeconomic status were more likely to intend to intervene. Students with more knowledge of dating violence were more likely to intend to intervene. Lastly, students who believed rape myths were less likely to intend to intervene. We then further discussed how these findings can influence prevention programming in youth.
DeSotto, Lauren and Hall, Valerie, "Who’s Intervening?: A Study of Variables Influencing Positive Bystander Intervention" (2015). Undergraduate Research Conference (URC) Student Presentations. 52.