Blaming the victim: Belief in control or belief in justice?

  title={Blaming the victim: Belief in control or belief in justice?},
  author={J{\"u}rgen Maes},
  journal={Social Justice Research},
  • J. Maes
  • Published 1 March 1994
  • Psychology
  • Social Justice Research
The attribution of responsibility to victims of bad fate (“blaming the victim”) is discussed under the perspective of Just World Theory (Lerner, 1980) and the Defensive Attribution Hypothesis (Walster, 1966; Shaver, 1970). Whereas Just World Theory suggests that the belief in a just world is the decisive motive of increased attributions of responsibility, the Defensive Attribution Hypothesis assumes that these attributions are motivated by the need to believe in internal locus of control… 
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