BJW and Self-Efficacy in Coping with Observed Victimization

Results From a Study About Unemployment
  • Changiz Mohiyeddini
  • Leo Montada
Part of the Critical Issues in Social Justice book series (CISJ)

Abstract

With the theory of “Belief in a Just World” (BJW), Lerner (1970, 1980) has given an explanation as to why people blame innocent victims for self-infliction of their fate and why they derogate innocent victims. They do so to deny injustices, respectively, to defend their belief in a just world. BJW in its most general form implies the conviction that everybody gets what he or she justly deserves. The other side of the coin is that everybody deserves what happens to him or her. When oneself or others enjoy advantages or suffer disadvantages, we care about justice. BJW motivates the search for legitimate reasons. Deservingness is the most legitimate reason for many people.

Keywords

Unemployed People Mock Juror Legitimate Reason Innocent Victim World Theory 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Changiz Mohiyeddini
    • 1
  • Leo Montada
    • 2
  1. 1.Psychologisches InstitutUniversität Mainz (FB 12)MainzGermany
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyUniversität TrierTrierGermany

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