Undergraduates’ belief in a just world and subjective well-being: The mediating role of sense of control

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Xiaobo Yu
Guofang Ren
Siji Huang
Yanhua Wang
Cite this article:  Yu, X., Ren, G., Huang, S., & Wang, Y. (2018). Undergraduates’ belief in a just world and subjective well-being: The mediating role of sense of control. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 46(5), 831-840.


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The influence of belief in a just world on individuals’ mental health has been extensively researched. We examined the impact of belief in a just world on subjective well-being, focusing mainly on the mediating role of sense of control in this relationship. Participants were 372 Chinese undergraduate university students who completed the Belief in a Just World Scale, the Sense of Control Scale, and the Subjective Well-Being Scale. The results revealed that both their belief in a just world and their sense of control were significantly correlated with their subjective well-being. Structural equation modeling analysis indicated that sense of control partially mediated the effect of belief in a just world on subjective well-being. Our findings extend previous results and provide valuable evidence that belief in a just world predicts subjective well-being.

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