Perceived Deservingness of Outcomes as a Function of Religious Fundamentalism and Target Responsibility
Article first published online: 20 SEP 2011
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Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume 41, Issue 9, pages 2144–2164, September 2011
How to Cite
GALEN, L. W. and MILLER, T. R. (2011), Perceived Deservingness of Outcomes as a Function of Religious Fundamentalism and Target Responsibility. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 41: 2144–2164. doi: 10.1111/j.1559-1816.2011.00808.x
- Issue published online: 20 SEP 2011
- Article first published online: 20 SEP 2011
We examined the perception of deserved outcomes associated with religious fundamentalism (RF). Interviews with videotaped targets varied in target's religiosity, responsibility, and outcome valence (good/bad). Participants either low (LF) or high (HF) on RF formulated an impression of how deserving a target was for a situational outcome. Participants low in RF held targets to be less deserving of a bad outcome than a good one; the HF group showed this to a lesser degree. HFs believed the target was more deserving of a bad outcome than did LFs, even when the target was not responsible for the outcome. Religious fundamentalism is related to attributing greater deservingness of bad outcomes, possibly because of a greater belief in a just world.