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Experimental research on just-world theory: problems, developments, and future challenges.
Focus is directed on the post-1980 experimental research on just-world theory, which proposes that people need to believe in a just world, and problems with this literature are discussed, including the unsystematic nature of the research. Expand
Do innocent victims threaten the belief in a just world? Evidence from a modified Stroop task.
  • C. Hafer
  • Medicine
  • Journal of personality and social psychology
  • 2000
It is suggested that innocent victims do threaten justice beliefs and responses to these victims may, at times, be attempts to reduce this threat. Expand
Investment in Long-Term Goals and Commitment to Just Means Drive the Need to Believe in a Just World
The author hypothesized that the less one focuses on long-term goals, or the less one plans to achieve goals through just means, the less essential is the belief in a just world (BJW) and the lessExpand
The role of intergroup disgust in predicting negative outgroup evaluations
Abstract We introduce intergroup disgust as an individual difference and contextual manipulation. As an individual difference, intergroup disgust sensitivity (ITG-DS) represents affect-ladenExpand
Do innocent victims threaten the belief in a just world? Evidence from a modified Stroop task.
Two experiments tested whether innocent victims threaten observers' belief in a just world. In both experiments, participants viewed an innocent victim then performed a modified Stroop task in whichExpand
An Analysis of Empirical Research on the Scope of Justice
  • C. Hafer, J. M. Olson
  • Sociology, Medicine
  • Personality and social psychology review : an…
  • 1 November 2003
Suggestions about how to study scope of justice issues in the future are offered and points that need to be clarified regarding the conceptualization of the scope ofJustice are identified. Expand
Beliefs in a Just World, Discontent, and Assertive Actions by Working Women
Seventy working women completed a questionnaire that assessed their dissatisfaction with their own job situation (personal discontent), their dissatisfaction with the job situations of women as aExpand
Individual Differences in the Belief in a Just World and Responses to Personal Misfortune
According to just world theory (Lerner, 1977, 1980; Lerner, Miller, & Holmes, 1976), people have a basic need to believe that the world is a just place—a place where individuals get what they deserveExpand
Message comprehensibility and persuasion : Effects of complex language in counterattitudinal appeals to laypeople
The influence of complex language in a counterattitudinal appeal to laypeople was examined using dual process theories of persuasion. These theories propose that persuasion can result from cognitiveExpand
Beliefs in a just world and reactions to personal deprivation
We hypothesized that strong believers in a just world would be motivated to perceive personal deprivation as fair and to report little resentment, compared to weak believers in a just world In twoExpand