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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

  • IPA Pronunciation
    • American English
      • /ˈbaɪˌstændər əˈproʊtʃ/
    • British English
      • /ˈbʌɪˌstandə əˈprəʊtʃ/
  • Syllabification: (by·stand·er ap·proach)

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 September 17, 2019 (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 September 17, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/bystander-approach/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“bystander approach.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2016. Web. 17 Sep. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/bystander-approach/>.