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Justice for whom, exactly? Beliefs in justice for the self and various others

Justice for whom, exactly? Beliefs in justice for the self and various others

Sutton, Robbie M., Douglas, Karen M., Wilkin, Katie, Elder, Tracey J., Cole, Jennifer M. and Stathi, Sofia (2008) Justice for whom, exactly? Beliefs in justice for the self and various others. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 34 (4). pp. 528-541. ISSN 0146-1672 (Print), 1552-7433 (Online) (doi:10.1177/0146167207312526)

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Abstract

The present studies examine why people think the world is more just to themselves than to others generally. Beliefs in justice for the self were uniquely associated with psychological adjustment, consistent with the theoretical motive to believe in justice for the self (Studies 1 and 2). However, this “justice motive” did not appear to affect the relative strength of justice beliefs. Instead, self–other differences in justice beliefs appeared to reflect objective assessments of the justice received by various demographics. Undergraduates believed the world to be more just to themselves than to others but not their undergraduate peers specifically (Study 1). Participants of both genders believed the world to be more just to men, and to themselves, than to women (Study 2). Women did not exempt themselves individually from injustice but believed, similar to men, that undergraduate women receive as much justice as men (Study 3).

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: justice, self–other, gender, inequality, adjustment, system justification
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Health & Social Care
School of Health & Social Care > Department of Psychology & Counselling
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URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/9342

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