Functions of the Belief in a Just World

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


The belief in a just world can be seen as a positive illusion that reflects a basic belief that the world is a meaningful and just place. According to justice motive theory, BJW is indicative of a personal contract between the individual and his or her social world. People high in the BJW are motivated to strive for justice to sustain their BJW and can, in return, trust in being treated fairly by others. This trust in the fairness of others is an important resource in daily life because it enables individuals to have relative confidence in the future. As long as they keep to the terms of their personal contract, they can be sure where they stand and can rely on getting what they deserve and being protected from undeserved strokes of fate.


Mental Health Life Satisfaction Risk Perception Basic Belief External Threat 
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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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