The Role of Trust in Social Life

The Role of Trust in Social Life

Yan Dong (Renmin University of China, China)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61520-682-7.ch017


This chapter reviews the literature of trust in sociology and psychology. By introducing the conception, theory model and measurement of trust, we discuss trust in three important social contexts: interpersonal situation, organizational settings and Internet life. Furthermore, the author proposes a synthetic trust model with a multi-disciplinary approach as a future research direction and described its implications for trust study.
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Trust issues in social life have led to many researches. Different researches are based on different concepts, theories, models and measurement methods in order to examine the role of trust in social life.

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