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

Maya L K Khera, Annelie J. Harvey, Mitchell J. Callan

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)432-443
Number of pages12
JournalSocial Justice Research
Volume27
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 23 Nov 2014

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Keywords

  • Just world beliefs
  • Refugee workers
  • Subjective well-being
  • Victim derogation

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  • Anthropology
  • Sociology and Political Science
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Beliefs in a Just World, Subjective Well-Being and Attitudes Towards Refugees Among Refugee Workers. / Khera, Maya L K; Harvey, Annelie J.; Callan, Mitchell J.

In: Social Justice Research, Vol. 27, No. 4, 23.11.2014, p. 432-443.

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