General Social Trust

The General Social Trust scale is an 8-item measure designed to assess an individual’s general level of trust in other people.

High Psychometric Score

ITEMS:

  1. In dealing with strangers, one is better off to be cautious until they have provided evidence that they are trustworthy.
  2. In these competitive times, one has to be alert or someone is likely to take advantage of you.
  3. Society will fall apart if the police power that counters criminal activities weakens.
  4. One should not trust others until one knows them well.
  5. Most people tell a lie when they can benefit by doing so.
  6. When someone says something complimentary about you it’s because they want to get something from you.
  7. People will take advantage of you if you work with them.
  8. Given the opportunity, people are dishonest.

Response Options:

Five-point scale ranging from 1 (strongly disagree) to 5 (strongly agree).

CATEGORIES:


GEOGRAPHIES TESTED:

United States of America

POPULATIONS INCLUDED:
Female
Male

AGE RANGE:
Adolescents
Adults

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Scoring Procedures:

The overall trust score is obtained by adding the scores for the eight items: 8 is the most trusting, 40 is the least trusting.

PRIMARY CITATION:

Yamagishi, T. (1988). The provision of a sanctioning system in the United States and Japan. Social Psychology Quarterly, 265-271. https://doi.org/10.2307/2786924

Pyschometric Score:

FORMATIVE RESEARCH

 Qualitative Research

 Existing Literature/Theoretical Framework

 Field Expert Input

 Cognitive Interviews / Pilot Testing

RELIABILITY

 Internal

 Test-Retest

 Interrater

VALIDITY

 Content

 Face

 Criterion (gold-standard)

 Construct

Psychometric Scoring

HIGH
Total Score: 5.50/8 Points (HIGH) 

Citation Frequency

High

KEY

 FULL POINTS
 PARTIAL POINTS
 NOT ASSESSED
 NOT APPLICABLE

For more details, see Scoring Methodology

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