Performance of UN Military Observer Teams: Does Victim Proximity Escalate Commitment to Saving Lives?
DEFENCE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT TORONTO (CANADA)
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A field experiment examined the tactical peacekeeping behaviors of military-officer teams undergoing training as United Nations military observers. Teams encountered a simulated human-rights violation where two civilians were being abused. Proximity of the female civilian to the team leader was manipulated and significantly influenced teams commitment to saving the civilians lives. Proximity increased the frequency of behaviors that were specifically oriented toward saving the civilians lives and did not increase confrontational behavior. Finally, trainees performance assessments were lower if they intervened but failed to save lives than if they did little to intervene and also failed to save lives.
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