English title: Value Similarity and Social Trust: The Relationship between Social Trust and Human Values in Europe

Author(s): Mai Beilmann - L. Lilleoja -

Language: English

Type: Conference paper/poster

Year: 2015

Abstract

The purpose of this research was to test whether value similarity may foster the social trust in society and whether people have higher levels of social trust when they emphasize the same values that prevail in their country. The relationship between social trust and human values was examined in a sample of 51,308 people across 29 European countries using data from the European Social Survey round 6. The social trust index is composed of three social trust measures. Schwartz’s (1992) conceptualization of human values is used. Results suggest that value similarity is more important in generating individual level social trust in countries where the overall levels of social trust are higher. There is a stronger positive relationship between value similarity and social trust in Scandinavian countries, which have high social trust levels, while in countries with a very low level of social trust, congruity of the personal value structure with the country level value structure tends to decrease the individuals trustfulness.

Conference name: 6th Conference of the European Survey Research Association

Location: Reykjavik

Start date: Jul 13, 2015

Type: Paper

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