ERIC Number: ED248425
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Interpersonal Trust in Black and White University Students.
Bevett, Jeanette M.; And Others
Past research on interpersonal trust has been conducted almost exclusively on white samples, and the generalizability of these findings to blacks and other minority groups is unclear. To examine the relationship of trust to attitudes and behaviors in college students, 100 black and 131 white students completed a questionnaire packet, which included the Rotter Interpersonal Trust Scale and measures designed to assess family and background influences on the development of trust. Reactions to a vignette describing a possible breach of trust were also obtained. Subjects were divided into high and low trusters on the basis of Rotter Trust Scale scores. Significant differences between the racial groups indicated that black males and females evidenced lower trust, suggesting special factors at work affecting the extent, nature, and etiology of trust in blacks. Many of the variables that varied predictably with trust levels among whites did not do so among blacks. The results suggest caution in interpreting or extrapolating to black relationships findings that have been demonstrated only in whites. (JAC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association (Philadelphia, PA, April 6-9, 1983).