Changes in Income Predict Change in Social Trust: A Longitudinal Analysis

Mark J. Brandt, Geoffrey Wetherell, Pj Henry

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Abstract

Social trust is a psychological variable important to politics, the community, and health. Theorists have predicted that socioeconomic status determines social trust, but also that social trust determines socioeconomic status. The current study tested the viability of both causal directions using longitudinal data from representative samples of the United States and the United Kingdom. Results demonstrated that a model where increases in socioeconomic status (measured by income) predict increases in social trust is more viable than a model where increases in social trust predict increases in socioeconomic status.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)761-768
Number of pages8
JournalPolitical Psychology
Volume36
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2015

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Keywords

  • Income
  • Social class
  • Social trust
  • Socioeconomic status
  • Trust

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  • Social Psychology
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science and International Relations

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Changes in Income Predict Change in Social Trust : A Longitudinal Analysis. / Brandt, Mark J.; Wetherell, Geoffrey; Henry, Pj.

In: Political Psychology, Vol. 36, No. 6, 01.12.2015, p. 761-768.

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Brandt, Mark J. ; Wetherell, Geoffrey ; Henry, Pj. / Changes in Income Predict Change in Social Trust : A Longitudinal Analysis. In: Political Psychology. 2015 ; Vol. 36, No. 6. pp. 761-768.
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