Rationalizers or realists? The effects of transgressors' just world beliefs within committed relationships

P. Strelan, J.W. van Prooijen

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We test the interpersonal consequences of transgressors' BJW-others and BJW-self within the context of committed (or non-committed) relationships. Across two studies, one utilizing a recall paradigm allowing an insight into the real and varied experiences of transgressors (N= 221), the other a hypothetical scenario where commitment was manipulated (N= 139), BJW-others was associated with increased transgressor rationalization of behavior whereas BJW-self was associated with decreased rationalization. The effect of BJW-others was dampened in committed relationships due to low BJW-others. Implications for interpersonal relationships are discussed. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)41-46
JournalPersonality and Individual Differences
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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