The Development of the Belief in a Just World

  • Claudia Dalbert
Part of the Critical Issues in Social Justice book series (CISJ)


Beliefs in a just world seem to remain relatively stable when individuals face experiences such as personal crises (see later). If we step back and look at the life course as a whole, however, it becomes apparent that there is a change or accommodation in the BJW across the life-span. When viewed from a life-span perspective, a change in the quality of the BJW can be detected. The question to be asked is how and why this occurs. In response, it is possible to identify periods and conditions in which the development of a strong BJW is supported, and other times and circumstances that are associated with a decline in the BJW.


School Type Positive Illusion Innocent Victim Family Climate World Belief 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • Claudia Dalbert
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  1. 1.Martin Luther UniversityHalle-WittenbergGermany

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