publication . Other literature type . Article . 2015

The legitimation of wife abuse among women: The impact of belief in a just world and gender identification

Miguel R. Ramos; Hélder Alves; Isabel Correia; Rita Morais;
Open Access
  • Published: 01 Apr 2015
  • Publisher: Elsevier BV
  • Country: Portugal
WOS:000349268500002 (Nº de Acesso Web of Science) Past research has found that when victims are ingroup members, observers' social identification interacts with general belief in a just world (GBJW) to predict judgments about those victims. In this correlational study (N = 284 women, ages from 18 to 80) we aimed to test whether and how women's explicit endorsement of BJW, both personal belief in a just world (PBJW) and GBJW, interacts with their identification as women to predict wife abuse legitimization. We predicted and found that the interaction between PBJW and social identification predicted legitimization of wife abuse. Specifically, for highly identified...
free text keywords: Belief in a just world, Social identification, Victimization, Wife abuse legitimization, General Psychology, Legitimation, Empathy, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Social environment, Developmental psychology, Cognition, Just-world hypothesis, Psychology, Ingroups and outgroups, Social psychology, Social group, Phenomenon
Funded by
FCT| UID/PSI/03125/2013
Center for Research and Social Intervention
  • Funder: Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, I.P. (FCT)
  • Project Code: 147229
  • Funding stream: 5876
FCT| PTDC/PSI-PSO/098110/2008
What happens to me depends on who I am: Social identity as a threat and as a buffer to the belief in a just world
  • Funder: Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, I.P. (FCT)
  • Project Code: 98110
  • Funding stream: 3599-PPCDT
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