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    Attributing "Third World Poverty" in Australia and Malawi: A Case of Donor Bias?

    Campbell, Danielle and Carr, Stuart C. and MacLachlan, Malcolm (2001) Attributing "Third World Poverty" in Australia and Malawi: A Case of Donor Bias? Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 31 (2). pp. 409-430. ISSN 0021-9029

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    Causal attributions for poverty in the developing world were examined from the perspectives of “actors” living in a “developing country” (Malawi) and “observers” living in a “developed country” (Australia). Ninety-eight Malawian and 100 Australian weekend shoppers responded to the Causes of Third World Poverty Questionnaire (CTWPQ) and the Just World Scale (JWS), with Australian participants also providing information about their frequency of donating to foreign-aid charities. Consistent with the actor–observer bias, Australians were more likely than were Malawians to attribute poverty to dispositional characteristics of the poor, rather than to situational factors. Among the Australians, situational attributions were in turn associated with frequency of donation behavior. The finding of a donor bias in this sample has important implications for the social marketing of foreign aid to Western donor publics.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Attributing; third World Poverty; Australia; Malawi; Case; Donor Bias;
    Academic Unit: Assisting Living & Learning,ALL institute
    Faculty of Science and Engineering > Psychology
    Item ID: 16439
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    Depositing User: Malcolm MacLachlan
    Date Deposited: 22 Aug 2022 15:59
    Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Applied Social Psychology
    Publisher: Wiley
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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