Does your trust in strangers or close acquaintances promote better health? Societal residential mobility matters

Yiheng WANG, Man Wai LI

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Abstract

Some studies indicated that different types of trust are qualitatively different psychological experiences, which may lead to different health outcomes. The present study examined the effect of two types of trust, i.e., generalized trust and interpersonal trust, on promoting physical health and subjective well-being in regions varying in societal residential mobility. The data from a nationally representative sample, including 10,968 participants from 28 provinces/municipalities in China, were analyzed. The results showed that the negative relationship between generalized trust and depressed mood was stronger in the regions with higher societal residential mobility whereas the positive relationship between interpersonal trust and physical health and the negative relationship between interpersonal trust and depressed mood were stronger in the regions with lower societal residential mobility. These results highlight the importance of socio-ecological characteristics in understanding the adaptive functions of different types of social capital on health outcomes. Copyright © 2019 Taylor & Francis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)416-427
JournalThe Journal of Social Psychology
Volume160
Issue number4
Early online dateAug 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Citation

Wang, Y., & Li, L. M. W. (2020). Does your trust in strangers or close acquaintances promote better health? Societal residential mobility matters. The Journal of Social Psychology, 160(4), 416-427. doi: 10.1080/00224545.2019.1658569

Keywords

  • Generalized trust
  • Interpersonal trust
  • Subjective well-being
  • Physical health
  • Residential mobility

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