The importance of distinguishing the belief in a just world for self versus for others: Implications for psychological well-being


Journal Article

Studies have shown that the belief in a just world (BJW) is related to psychological well-being. The authors suggest that studies exploring this relationship might benefit by making the distinction between the BJW for self versus for others or in general. In two studies, the authors assessed subjects' perceptions of depression, stress, and life satisfaction for self and for others. Subjects also completed measures of the five-factor model of personality. As predicted, the BJW for self most strongly and consistently predicted decreases in depression and stress, and increases in life satisfaction. When the five personality dimensions were included in the analyses, the BJW for self and for others continued to predict life satisfaction but not depression and stress. The implications of these results concerning the relationship between the BJW and psychological well-being, and how the just world is conceptualized, are discussed.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Lipkus, IM; Dalbert, C; Siegler, IC

Published Date

  • January 1, 1996

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 22 / 7

Start / End Page

  • 666 - 677

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0146-1672

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/0146167296227002

Citation Source

  • Scopus