A contribution of Marjanovic and colleagues’ work (2011) is its investigation of helping in the context of natural disasters—a distinctive context in which to study judgments of responsibility and helping. Unlike many other contexts, it is atypical to regard victims of natural disasters as the ultimate cause of their own plight. Furthermore, when thinking about responsibility for a disaster's fallout, people may be likely to focus on groups rather than individuals. In other words, when making judgments of responsibility for natural disasters, people's judgments are likely shaped by what they are assigning blame for (i.e., onset or offset responsibility) and what kind of targets are to blame (individuals or collectives). This commentary discusses how these contextual features may impact attributional reasoning.
Analyses of Social Issues & Public Policy – Wiley
Published: Dec 1, 2012