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A Structural Equation Model Analysis of Parenting, Injustice, and the Just World Belief, in Predicting Compassion
by Powell, Richard Norris, Ph.D., Oakland University, 2020, 219; 28155811
Abstract (Summary)

In this study, a recalled experience of having warm and responsive parents, degree of endorsement of a generalized just world belief, and reported adolescent experiences of injustice were tested in a structural equation model for fit with predicting compassion in a sample of 201 self-identified counseling students. The participants were invited by advertisements on social media and emails to counseling programs and a counselor education listserv. All variables were measured via survey. Structural equation model results found an acceptable fitting model, χ² (113) = 317.77, p < 0.001, RMSEA = 0.095; CFI = 0.91; PNFI = 0.72. In the model, injustice experiences and a generalized just world belief were found to be significant negative predictors of compassion. Recalled parenting was not supported to be a significant predictor. Last, injustice experiences moderated the relationship between the just world belief and compassion. When a high level of injustice experiences was reported, the relationship between compassion and the just world belief was stronger (β = −0.43, t (200) = −6.12, p < 0.05) than when a low level of injustice experiences was reported, (β = −0.20, t (200) = −2.78, p < 0.05).

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Crockett, Stephanie
Commitee: Leibert, Todd, Branson, Ashley, Shackelford, Todd
School: Oakland University
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- Michigan
Source: DAI-A 82/7(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Counseling Psychology, Educational sociology
Keywords: Bullying, Compassion, Discrimination, Injustice, Just world belief, Parenting
Publication Number: 28155811
ISBN: 9798557060332
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