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Academic Journal of Humanities & Social Sciences, 2021, 4(9); doi: 10.25236/AJHSS.2021.040913.

Naturalistic Observation: Appearance and Gender Discrimination Reflecting on Helping Behavior in RDFZ Xishan


Li J., Song Y., Qi Y.

Corresponding Author:
Li J.

RDFZ Xishan High School AP Program, Beijing, China


When people do something, their behavior is often influenced by the object which accepts it. So, when people make helpful behavior, we are studying what kind of people the recipients of help are? Will people help selectively because of the appearance of the people they are helping? Because people are biased. Moreover, with the increasing complexity of society, stereotypes of people are affecting their behavior. They may discriminate against some people, or they may favor some people. Thus, we designed this study to research how external discrimination, including appearance and gender, affects helping behavior. Therefore, through natural observation, we test in the elevator of RDFZ Xishan to explore whether the helping behavior of people is affected by the appearance and gender of the helped. We chose height, body shape, gender, appearance, and making up as independent variables. The proportion of people who are willing to help in the elevator will become the dependent variable. Finally, through the experiment, we conclude that these factors will affect the helping behavior of people to a certain extent, but they will not play a decisive role.


Helping Behavior, External Discrimination, Features, Genders, and Bias

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Li J., Song Y., Qi Y.. Naturalistic Observation: Appearance and Gender Discrimination Reflecting on Helping Behavior in RDFZ Xishan. Academic Journal of Humanities & Social Sciences (2021) Vol. 4, Issue 9: 82-87. https://doi.org/10.25236/AJHSS.2021.040913.


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