The personal belief in a just world and domain-specific beliefs about justice at school and in the family: A longitudinal study with adolescents

Dalbert, Claudia and Stoeber, Joachim (2006) The personal belief in a just world and domain-specific beliefs about justice at school and in the family: A longitudinal study with adolescents. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 30 (3). pp. 200-207. ISSN 0165-0254 . (Full text available)

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Abstract

This article investigates the relationship between the personal belief in a just world (BJW) and domain-specific beliefs about justice and examines how justice cognitions impact on adolescents' development, particularly on their achievement at school and their subjective well-being. A longitudinal questionnaire study with German adolescents aged 14-19 years was conducted over a period of five to eight months. The pattern of results revealed that evaluations of the school climate and of the family climate as being just were two distinct phenomena, both of which impacted on the personal BJW, which in turn affected the domain-specific beliefs about justice. However, the domain-specific beliefs about justice did not impact on each other directly. Moreover, an evaluation of the family climate (but not of the school climate) as being just reduced depressive symptoms, whereas depressive symptoms did not weaken the evaluation of one's family as being just. The evaluation of the school climate as being just improved the grades received in the next school report, whereas the grades received did not affect the justice evaluation of the school climate. Finally, all relationships persisted when controlling for age and gender. In sum, the pattern of findings supports the notion that justice cognitions impact on development during adolescence.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: belief in a just world; depression; family; justice; school grades
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Joachim Stoeber
Date Deposited: 13 Jun 2008 08:52
Last Modified: 28 Apr 2014 10:46
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/4215 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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