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The Assignment of Blame

  • Melvin J. Lerner
Part of the Perspectives in Social Psychology book series (CISJ)

Abstract

What this all points to is the need to examine what we know and do not know about the way people assign causal blame, if we want to understand how people react to the fate of others, to those who are apparently in need. Up to this point, we have looked at some evidence concerning the way a person’s need to believe he lives in a just world affects the way he assigns causal blame to people for their fate. Presumably, the person wants to believe that others, especially those who are suffering and deprived, merited their fate by virtue of something they did or failed to do, or the kind of person they are.

Keywords

Sexual Assault Primary Responsibility Extra Credit Causal Responsibility Police Description 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • Melvin J. Lerner
    • 1
  1. 1.University of WaterlooWaterlooCanada

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