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The consequences of victim physical attractiveness on reactions to injustice: The role of observers' belief in a just world

Callan, MJ and Powell, NG and Ellard, JH (2007) 'The consequences of victim physical attractiveness on reactions to injustice: The role of observers' belief in a just world.' Social Justice Research, 20 (4). 433 - 456. ISSN 0885-7466

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Abstract

Two studies explored Dion and Dion's (Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 52, 775-780, 1987) suggestion that the belief in a just world may contribute to the "beauty is good" stereotype. In Study 1, we found that participants rated the death of a woman as more tragic and unfair when she was physically attractive than less attractive. Participants were also more punitive towards agents of harm when the victim was physically attractive. In Study 2, we varied the extent to which a woman suffered from a house fire and asked participants to later recognize the woman's picture among several choices varying in physical attractiveness. Participants who learned that the woman suffered a great deal remembered her to be less physically attractive than when her suffering was minimal. The results are discussed in terms of how the justice motive contributes to the evaluative and moral importance attached to physical attractiveness. © 2007 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Psychology, Department of
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Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2015 21:47
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2017 17:41
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/12438

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