Strelan, Peter and Sutton, Robbie M. (2011) When just-world beliefs promote and when they inhibit forgiveness. Personality and Individual Differences, 50 (2). pp. 163-168. ISSN 0191-8869. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)
The present study provides further evidence that justice and forgiveness are not necessarily competitive responses. Among 157 undergraduates instructed to recall either serious or benign transgressions, just-world beliefs for the self (BJW-self) was associated with forgiveness as inhibition of negative responding but not forgiveness as positive responding. Each of these relations was significantly moderated by transgression severity: the more benign the transgression, the stronger the relationship. Just-world beliefs for others (BJW-others) was negatively associated with inhibition of negative responding and unrelated to positive responding. These relations held over and above well-established predictors of transgression-specific forgiveness (relationship closeness and post-transgression offender effort), and an individual difference variable, justice sensitivity. In practical terms, BJW-self may enable people to better deal with minor stressors. An important theoretical implication is that modelling the relationship between just-world beliefs and forgiveness requires a bidimensional conception of both constructs.
|Subjects:||B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology|
|Divisions:||Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology|
|Depositing User:||Robbie Sutton|
|Date Deposited:||13 Dec 2010 14:29|
|Last Modified:||06 Jun 2014 08:43|
|Resource URI:||https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/26146 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)|