Belief in a just world: research progress over the past decade

  title={Belief in a just world: research progress over the past decade},
  author={Adrian Furnham},
  journal={Personality and Individual Differences},
  • A. Furnham
  • Published 1 April 2003
  • Psychology
  • Personality and Individual Differences
Belief in a Just World
In this chapter, we review past and current developments on individual differences in belief in a just world (BJW). Research focusing on measurement of BJW has led to critiques of the original Just
Belief in a Just World, School Stress and Academic Success
Belief in a just world, a construct first introduced by Lerner (1978), has been the topic ofpsychological research for the past forty years (Lerner, 1965; Rubin & Peplau, 1973; Tomaka & Blascovich,
Shattered Beliefs: How to Cope When the World Is not a Just Place?
This chapter evaluates some proposals concerning the buffering effects of the belief in a just world (BJW) on the negative effects of traumatic life events on well-being. The BJW relies on the idea
The Appropriation Process of the Belief in a Just World
  • Alicia Barreiro
  • Psychology
    Integrative psychological & behavioral science
  • 2013
The BJW is not a previous social condition transmitted from one generation to another, its appropriation goes beyond the mere reproduction of social beliefs and involves a conceptual reconstruction.
About Is and Ought in Research on Belief in a Just World: The Janus-Faced Just-World Motivation
The history of just-world research is almost 50 years old and still shows continuously increasing publication rates. In these 50 years, two clearly different phases can be distinguished. Up to the
Belief in an Unjust World: When Beliefs in a Just World Fail
The conceptualization of unjust world beliefs as a related but separate construct from just world beliefs was elaborate and the Unjust World Views scale (UJVS) was developed and its reliability and validity examined.
Belief in a Just What? Demystifying Just World Beliefs by Distinguishing Sources of Justice
It is demonstrated that understanding of the BJW concept, and its consequences for behavior, is enhanced if the authors specify what (or who) the source of justice might be, and the importance of distinguishing causal dimensions with regard to who distributes justice is illustrated.


Belief in a just world: Review and critique of the individual difference literature.
This article attempts a critical review of the literature on self-reported just world beliefs a decade after the last major review. The main focus of the review is on the relationship between
The Importance of Distinguishing the Belief in a Just World for Self Versus for Others: Implications for Psychological Well-Being
Studies have shown that the belief in a just world (BJW) is related to psychological well-being. The authors suggest that studies exploring this relationship might benefit by making the distinction
Traumatic events and generational differences in assumptions about a just world.
An unanswered question concerns the degree to which reported age differences in beliefs about benevolence and justice occur when control is exercised on the influence of variations in cultural contexts and on the experience of stressful life events.
Perceptions of Risk and the Buffering Hypothesis: The Role of Just World Beliefs and Right-Wing Authoritarianism
Although perceptions of risk have been studied extensively by both social and cognitive psychologists, relatively little work has focused on individual differences in these perceptions. Across two
Human Values, Global Self-Esteem, and Belief in a Just World
ABSTRACT Relations were investigated between global self-esteem, just world beliefs, and value priorities in two large samples of Australian high-school (N= 953) and university students (N= 361).
Sphere-Specific Just World Beliefs and Attitudes to AIDS
This paper is predicated on the idea that Just World Beliefs (JWB) are multidimensional. It is proposed that individual difference in JWB are divided into three components referring to different
The perceived relationship between the belief in a just world and sociopolitical ideology
Lerner (1977, 1980) located the origins of the “belief in a just world” (BJW) in both individual motivational needs and social learning. To address the lack of subsequent research or discussion on
Self‐Reliance and Empathy: The Enemies of Poverty—and of the Poor
Starting with a brief review of why all post-industrial societies tend to be inegalitarian, this paper develops two main themes: (1) how the idea that people are individually responsible for their
The "Belief in a Just World" Construct in Hungary
Cross-sectional studies were conducted to examine whether the belief in a just world formed a unidimensional construct in Hungary. Overall, from 1991 to 1994, the scale became increasingly more