Belief in a Just World and Depression

@article{Ritter1990BeliefIA,
  title={Belief in a Just World and Depression},
  author={C. Ritter and D. E. Benson and C. Synder},
  journal={Sociological Perspectives},
  year={1990},
  volume={33},
  pages={235 - 252}
}
This paper explores the relationship between a belief in a just world and depression. Building on the work of Pearlin, Lieberman, Menaghan, and Mullan (1981), we investigate the role that a belief in a just world might play in the relationship between chronic stressors and depression. Using a random sample of noninstitutionalized adult residents (N = 283) of Northern Ireland, we find that a belief in a just world and a sense of mastery are independent cognitive structures, and that a belief in… Expand

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