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Title: The effects of belief in a just world and victim's innocence on secondary victimization, judgements of justice and deservingness
Authors: Correia, I.
Vala, J.
Aguiar, P.
Keywords: Belief in a just world
Justice
Victim's innocence
Victimization
Issue Date: 2001
Publisher: Springer
Abstract: Several studies have shown that victims judged to be innocent are more liked and helped by observers than victims judged to be noninnocent. Nevertheless, objectively innocent victims are very often secondarily victimized (blamed, devalued, avoided, or have their suffering minimized), and judged as deserving or as being in a just situation. An impressive amount of literature shows that high believers in a just world victimize the victims more than low believers, judge them as more deserving and think they are in a fairer situation. But the evaluation of the joint impact of the innocence of the victim and of the observers' BJW (belief in a just world) on the observers' reactions to the victim has been left undone. This study aims to throw some light on this subject. An experimental study was conducted using a 2 BJW (high; low) by 2 victim's innocence (innocent; noninnocent) between-subjects design. No interaction effects were found, but the forms of secondary victimization, as well as the judgements of justice and deservingness, were more positively correlated in the condition where the threat to BJW is higher.
Peer reviewed: yes
URI: https://ciencia.iscte-iul.pt/id/ci-pub-31603
http://hdl.handle.net/10071/13425
DOI: 10.1023/A:1014324125095
ISSN: 0885-7466
Publisher version: The definitive version is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1023/A:1014324125095
Appears in Collections:CIS-RI - Artigos em revistas científicas internacionais com arbitragem científica

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