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Type: Thesis
Title: The Relationship Between Behaving Fairly, Belief in a Just World and Self-Perception: A Moderated Mediation Analysis
Author: Collins, Erynn
Issue Date: 2019
School/Discipline: School of Psychology
Abstract: Fairness is fundamentally important to human beings, so much so that behaving fairly can have psychological benefits. Past research has shown that behaving fairly can positively influence self-esteem, and this is especially true when one believes that the world is a just place (i.e. belief in a just world). The aim of this study was to further explore the relationships between fairness, belief in a just world (BJW) and self-perception (self-esteem and self-efficacy), as well as to propose explanatory mediating variables. Using a moderated mediation analysis, this study tested whether perceived control or intrapersonal consistency mediate the relationship between fairness and self-perception, and whether BJW moderates this relationship. Participants (N = 198) completed an online survey. Results indicated a positive relationship between fairness and self-perception, which was significantly mediated by perceived control, but suppressed by intrapersonal consistency. Contrary to expectations, BJW-other was a significant moderator, while BJW-self was not. Overall, results suggest that the more fairly a person behaves, the more positive their self-perception, and this is because behaving fairly encourages a person to feel in control – a relationship which is especially true when a person believes that the world is a just place for other people.
Dissertation Note: Thesis (B.PsychSc(Hons)) -- University of Adelaide, School of Psychology, 2019
Keywords: Honours; Psychology
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