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

@article{Furnham2003BeliefIA,
  title={Belief in a just world: research progress over the past decade},
  author={Adrian Furnham},
  journal={Personality and Individual Differences},
  year={2003},
  volume={34},
  pages={795-817}
}
  • A. Furnham
  • Published 2003
  • Psychology
  • Personality and Individual Differences
This paper reviews the literature on just world beliefs (BJW) and updates two previous reviews Lerner & Miller (1978), Furnham & Proctor (1989). Four broad areas of development were identified. First, critiques of self-report questionnaires and the development of new and psychometrically improved measures of BJW and related concepts were reviewed. Second, an extension of the studies of victim derogation and devaluation, particularly to those with AIDs and those who have experienced traumatic… Expand
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