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Justice Concerns After School Attacks: Belief in a Just World and Support for Perpetrator Punishment Among Chinese Adults and Adolescents
Wu, Michael Shengtao1,2,3; Cohen, Adam B.3; Michael Shengtao Wu
2017-09-01
Source PublicationSOCIAL JUSTICE RESEARCH
Correspondent Emailmichaelstwu@gmail.com; michaelstwu@xmu.edu.cn
ISSN0885-7466
SubtypeArticle
Volume30Issue:3Pages:221-237
Abstract

School attacks against children seriously threaten the belief that the world is a just place, in which good people get rewarded and bad people get punished. However, to what extent and in which way belief in a just world (BJW) plays a role in reaction to school attacks have not been investigated, especially in the Chinese context, in which people are traditionally expected to prize harmony over justice. Two studies examined how Chinese people varying in BJW differ in supporting punishment for the perpetrators of school attacks in China in 2010. In Study 1, general BJW among Chinese adults predicted support for perpetrator punishment, and those who paid more attention to the crime news also reported a higher level of punishment support. Study 2 revealed a similar pattern among Chinese adolescents, whose previously measured higher general BJW predicted increasing support for perpetrator punishment, and this effect was mediated via personal distress. In summary, general just-world belief facilitates punishment support among parents and adolescents in the Chinese context.

KeywordBelief in a just world Punishment Crime news School attack Chinese
DOI10.1007/s11211-017-0286-1
Indexed BySSCI
Language英语
Funding OrganizationFundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities in China(20720151116) ; program for Innovative Research Team of Xiamen University(20720171005)
WOS Research AreaPsychology ; Sociology
WOS SubjectPsychology, Social ; Sociology
WOS IDWOS:000410898400002
WOS HeadingsSocial Sciences
WOS KeywordAUTHORITARIANISM ; LOOKING ; INDIVIDUALISM ; COLLECTIVISM ; MULTIMETHOD ; PERCEPTIONS ; FORGIVENESS ; RELIGION ; SOCIETY ; CULTURE
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Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.psych.ac.cn/handle/311026/21919
Collection社会与工程心理学研究室
Corresponding AuthorMichael Shengtao Wu
Affiliation1.Xiamen Univ, Inst Commun, Res Ctr Commun & Soc, Xiamen, Peoples R China
2.Chinese Acad Sci, Inst Psychol, Beijing, Peoples R China
3.Arizona State Univ, Dept Psychol, Tempe, AZ 85287 USA
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Wu, Michael Shengtao,Cohen, Adam B.,Michael Shengtao Wu. Justice Concerns After School Attacks: Belief in a Just World and Support for Perpetrator Punishment Among Chinese Adults and Adolescents[J]. SOCIAL JUSTICE RESEARCH,2017,30(3):221-237.
APA Wu, Michael Shengtao,Cohen, Adam B.,&Michael Shengtao Wu.(2017).Justice Concerns After School Attacks: Belief in a Just World and Support for Perpetrator Punishment Among Chinese Adults and Adolescents.SOCIAL JUSTICE RESEARCH,30(3),221-237.
MLA Wu, Michael Shengtao,et al."Justice Concerns After School Attacks: Belief in a Just World and Support for Perpetrator Punishment Among Chinese Adults and Adolescents".SOCIAL JUSTICE RESEARCH 30.3(2017):221-237.
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