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Life Satisfaction Predicts Perceived Social Justice: The Lower Your Life Satisfaction, the Less Just You Perceive Society to Be
Jia, Qifan1,2; Zhou, Jie1; Huang, Mingquan3
First AuthorJia, Qifan
Correspondent Emailzhouj@psych.ac.cn (jie zhou )
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Abstract

It has been well established that life satisfaction is related to perceived social justice. However, current theories provide contrary assumptions on the direction of the influence. In this research, we use data from two longitudinal surveys collected in China to test the reciprocal relations between life satisfaction and perceived social justice over time. With a random intercept cross-lagged panel model, we disaggregate the between-person effect and the within-person effect of the relationship. To specify the conditions of the effect, we consider income levels as the moderator. Study 1 (N = 119) showed that on the between-person level, life satisfaction, and perceived social justice are positively correlated. On the within-person level, cross-lagged effect results showed that an individuals' deviations from their expected score in life satisfaction predict deviations from their expected perceived social justice at the next time point, while deviations from expected perceived social justice does not predict subsequent deviations from expected life satisfaction. In study 2 (N = 637), we divided participants into three groups based on their household income and conducted a multiple group analysis to test its moderation effect. We found that the between-person correlation of life satisfaction and perceived social justice is not moderated by income level, and it is significant in all the three groups. However, the within-person cross-lagged effect is moderated by income level, and the effect of life satisfaction on perceived social justice only exists in the low income group. This research confirms the unidirectional relationship between life satisfaction and perceived social justice across time, and clarifies the effect in different levels and income groups, providing new insights on the formation of justice perception. It is recommended that future studies apply experimental designs to reach causal effects and explore more possible moderators and mediators.

Keywordlife satisfaction perceived social justice happiness distributive justice procedure justice uncertainty management model random-intercept cross-lagged panel model multiple group analysis
2020-11-24
Language英语
DOI10.3389/fpsyg.2020.540835
Source PublicationFRONTIERS IN PSYCHOLOGY
ISSN1664-1078
Volume11Pages:13
Subtype实证研究
Indexed BySCI
Funding ProjectInnovation Foundation of Chinese Academy of Sciences[CXJJ-16M240] ; youth project of the Natural Science Foundation of China[71101145]
PublisherFRONTIERS MEDIA SA
WOS KeywordWELL-BEING EVIDENCE ; INCOME INEQUALITY ; FAIRNESS ; PERSONALITY ; PSYCHOLOGY
WOS Research AreaPsychology
WOS SubjectPsychology, Multidisciplinary
WOS IDWOS:000596754900001
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Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.psych.ac.cn/handle/311026/38216
Collection中国科学院行为科学重点实验室
Corresponding AuthorZhou, Jie
Affiliation1.Chinese Acad Sci, Inst Psychol, Key Lab Behav Sci, Beijing, Peoples R China
2.Univ Chinese Acad Sci, Dept Psychol, Beijing, Peoples R China
3.Guilin Univ Aerosp Technol, Sch Management, Guilin, Peoples R China
First Author AffilicationKey Laboratory of Behavioral Science, CAS
Corresponding Author AffilicationKey Laboratory of Behavioral Science, CAS
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Jia, Qifan,Zhou, Jie,Huang, Mingquan. Life Satisfaction Predicts Perceived Social Justice: The Lower Your Life Satisfaction, the Less Just You Perceive Society to Be[J]. FRONTIERS IN PSYCHOLOGY,2020,11:13.
APA Jia, Qifan,Zhou, Jie,&Huang, Mingquan.(2020).Life Satisfaction Predicts Perceived Social Justice: The Lower Your Life Satisfaction, the Less Just You Perceive Society to Be.FRONTIERS IN PSYCHOLOGY,11,13.
MLA Jia, Qifan,et al."Life Satisfaction Predicts Perceived Social Justice: The Lower Your Life Satisfaction, the Less Just You Perceive Society to Be".FRONTIERS IN PSYCHOLOGY 11(2020):13.
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