The best way to talk about Social Responsibility Norm (SRM) is in reference to people in positions of leadership or responsibility. People in these positions are expected to help others because society has placed them on a pedestal as a “hero” of sorts. These individuals serve as role models for the rest of our society.
On another level Social Responsibility Norms are taught to us by parents and other authority figures. SRMs are flexible terms as not all people believe the same things are right and wrong. For instance, some parents tell their children not to meddle in other peoples’ relationships while others would take that opportunity to champion the idea of trying to help someone out of an abusive situation.
An example of a social norm (in this case, a societal rule that tells people they should help others even when it may not benefit them).
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 20 Jul 2010