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Advances in Psychological Science ›› 2014, Vol. 22 ›› Issue (11): 1814-1822.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2014.01814

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Cultural Differences of the Belief in A Just World

WU Peijun; LI Ye   

  1. (Key Laboratory of Adolescent Cyberpsychology and Behavior (CCNU), Ministry of Education; Key Laboratory of Human Development and Mental Health of Hubei Province, School of Psychology, Central China Normal University, Wuhan 430079, China)
  • Received:2014-01-27 Online:2014-11-15 Published:2014-11-15
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Cultural differences are hardly concerned in the field of belief in a just world. However, this topic also has theoretical significance and practical values. In this paper, the cultural differences between levels, functions, and measurements of belief in a just word are described and its causes are also analyzed. The factors that influence cultural differences of belief in a just world include sociocultural factors, self-concept, cognitive styles and unfair social reality. Moreover, this paper discusses the approaches which can improve the accuracy of cross-cultural comparison and the mechanism of how culture influences this belief. According to the current situation, further research is expected to focus on how culture influences functions of the belief in a just world, as well as carries forward the localization studies of the belief.

Key words: the belief in a just world, cultural differences, individualism, collectivism