Master's Theses

Date of Award

Spring 1972

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)




J. P. James


This experiment examined the effects of sex and degree of hurry on helping behavior. Three levels of hurry and all possible helper-victim sex pairs were included. Six volunteers served as confederates for each of the experimental sessions. Six subjects, paired with the confederates by pre-arrangement, were instructed to complete varying amounts of a letter-cancel task within a ten minute time period. Confederates received more work than any subject, thus constituting the experimental victims. They were instructed to request help from their subject part way through the task. Frequency of helping, defined as the subject's agreement to complete the confederate's task before finishing his own work, was evaluated by analysis of variance. No significant overall effects due to sex or hurry were observed. However, results revealed a significant interaction between the variables of sex and degree of hurry.


Copyright 1972 Elsa B. Heintzelman


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