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bystander approach

Definition of Bystander Approach

(noun) Intervention by a third party in a situation involving assault, discrimination, or harassment.

Examples of Bystander Approach

  • When someone steps in to break up a fight.
  • When someone speaks up for someone else who is experiencing sexual harassment.

Bystander Approach Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: by·stand·er ap·proach

Audio Pronunciation

– American English
– British English

Phonetic Spelling

  • American English – /bIE-stan-duhr uh-prOHch/
  • British English – /bIE-stan-duh uh-prOHch/

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /ˈbaɪˌstændər əˈproʊʧ/
  • British English – /ˈbaɪˌstændər əˈprəʊʧ/

Usage Notes

  • Plural: bystander approaches
  • Also called bystander intervention.

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Cite the Definition of Bystander Approach

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2016. “bystander approach.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved August 9, 2020 (https://sociologydictionary.org/bystander-approach/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

bystander approach. (2016). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/bystander-approach/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2016. “bystander approach.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed August 9, 2020. https://sociologydictionary.org/bystander-approach/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“bystander approach.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2016. Web. 9 Aug. 2020. <https://sociologydictionary.org/bystander-approach/>.