Much of prior research has explored the relationship between Just-World Beliefs and the concept of “blaming the victim” among humans. This study looks at the relationship between scores on a Just-World Beliefs scale and “blaming the victim” when the victim varies between adult human, adult animal, adolescent human, and adolescent animal. For this study, the participants will be one hundred undergraduate students attending Eastern Kentucky University. Participants will be given questionnaires to measure their Just-World Beliefs prior to reading the stimulus material. An anger scale will be administered to measure how angry they feel after they read the stimulus material. It is expected that participants with higher scores in the Just-World Beliefs scale will become angrier about the attacks of younger victims and recommend harsher sentences for the attackers of humans than animals.

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Spring 5-16-2015


Jerry K. Palmer

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Bachelor Thesis

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Honors Scholars

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