Procedural Injustice

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Beyond the cognitive and attitudinal evaluation of the procedural injustice Weisse et al (1999) argues that feeling unfairly treated have an affect appraisal element as well. In their study, they were able to integrate theories of injustice and appraisal theories of emotions to demonstrate that justice can be thought of as an affective event. More specifically, they linked the effects of justice conditions to various discrete emotions. Procedural injustice was found to be directly linked to the discrete anger as a predictor of reaction to the unfair treatment. Moreover, unfairness and illegitimacy have been extended from an individual appraisal of an event to group based appraisals of the event (E.R. Smith, 1993).
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