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Belief in a just world for oneself versus others, social goals, and subjective well-being

Sutton, Robbie M., Stoeber, Joachim, Kamble, Shanmukh V. (2017) Belief in a just world for oneself versus others, social goals, and subjective well-being. Personality and Individual Differences, 113 . pp. 115-119. ISSN 0191-8869. (doi:10.1016/j.paid.2017.03.026) (KAR id:60850)

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The belief in a just world (BJW) affects subjective well-being and social behavior. However, its role in shaping the social goals that underlie behavior has not been investigated. Informed by the bidimensional model of BJW, the present study examined the relations of BJW for the self (BJW-self) versus BJW for other people (BJW-others) with social goals and subjective well-being in a sample of 398 university students. As predicted, BJW-self was positively related to affiliative social goals including nurturance, intimacy, and social development goals. In contrast, BJW-others was positively related to dominance and social demonstration goals. Consistent with the bidimensional model, BJW-self and BJW-others were related to most social goals in opposing directions. The present findings indicate that BJW-self and BJW-others is not only relevant to how people act in relation to others, but also why they act the way they do.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1016/j.paid.2017.03.026
Uncontrolled keywords: just-world beliefs; social goals; subjective well-being; flourishing; positive and negative affect; future-directed thinking
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Joachim Stoeber
Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2017 17:58 UTC
Last Modified: 06 May 2020 03:15 UTC
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