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Beliefs in a Just World, Subjective Well-Being and Attitudes Towards Refugees Among Refugee Workers

Khera, MLK and Harvey, AJ and Callan, MJ (2014) 'Beliefs in a Just World, Subjective Well-Being and Attitudes Towards Refugees Among Refugee Workers.' Social Justice Research, 27 (4). 432 - 443. ISSN 0885-7466

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Abstract

© 2014, Springer Science+Business Media New York. Previous research has shown that the belief that the world is fair to the self (BJW-self) is positively related to indices of subjective well-being, whereas the belief that the world is fair to others (BJW-others) is positively related to harsher social attitudes. The present study aims to investigate the relation between these two forms of beliefs in a just world and the subjective well-being and social attitudes of people working with refugees. A sample of 253 refugee workers completed measures of BJW-others, BJW-self, perceived stress, life satisfaction, attitudes towards refugees and empathy for refugees. We found that refugee workers with stronger BJW-self reported experiencing less stress and more life satisfaction. Stronger BJW-others, however, predicted harsher attitudes towards refugees while controlling for BJW-self. These findings highlight the important function that justice beliefs play in the subjective well-being and social attitudes of refugee workers.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Psychology, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 04 Feb 2015 11:39
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2019 18:16
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/12576

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