Interpersonal Trust during Childhood and Adolescence

Interpersonal Trust during Childhood and Adolescence

By: Ken J. Rotenberg (editor)Hardback

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Since the beginnings of psychology as a discipline, interpersonal trust has been regarded as a crucial aspect of human functioning. Basic levels of interpersonal trust among people were believed to be necessary for the survival of society and the development of successful psychosocial functioning. Some research has shown that interpersonal trust is linked to physical health, cognitive functioning, and social functioning (including close relationships) across development. This book presents research in the growing field of interpersonal trust during childhood and adolescence (up to the onset of adulthood). It deals with the extent to which children and adolescents demonstrate the multiple facets of trust and trustworthiness, and how these multiple facets affect their social relationships with a wide range of social contacts: parents, peers, and social groups. It will be of interest to developmental, social, educational and clinical psychologists.

About Author

Ken J. Rotenberg is Professor in the School of Psychology at Keele University. He is the editor of Disclosure Processes in Children and Adolescents (Cambridge, 1995) and co-editor of Loneliness in Childhood and Adolescence (Cambridge, 1999).


Part I. Conceptual Foundations and Issues: 1. Introduction Ken J. Rotenberg; 2. The conceptualization of interpersonal trust: a basis, domain, and target framework Ken J. Rotenberg; 3. Neurobiology of interpersonal trust Matilda E. Nowakowski, Tracy Vaillancourt and Louis A. Schmidt; 4. Children's sense of trust in significant others: genetic versus environmental contributions and buffer to life stressors Atsushi Sakai; Part II. Childhood: 5. Young children's trust in what other people say Kathleen Corriveau and Paul L. Harris; 6. Social relation and mutual influence analyses of children's interpersonal trust Lucy R. Betts, Ken J. Rotenberg and Mark Trueman; 7. Siblings and trust Shirley McGuire, Nancy L. Segal, Patricia Gill, Bridget Whitlow and June M. Clausen; 8. The role of promises for children's trustworthiness and honesty Kay Bussey; 9. Liar liar! Pants on fire: detecting the trustworthiness of children's statements Victoria Talwar and Sarah-Jane Renaud; Part III. Adolescence and Early Adulthood: 10. Trust, but verify: knowledge, disclosure, and mothers' beliefs about adolescents' trustworthiness Nancy Darling and Bonnie Dowdy; 11. The role of trust in adolescent-parent relationships: to trust you is to tell you Judith G. Smetana; 12. A new scale for the assessment of adolescents' trust beliefs Brandy A. Randall, Ken J. Rotenberg, Casey J. Totenhagen, Monica Rock and Christina Harmon; 13. A friend in need is a friend indeed: exploring the relations among trust beliefs, prosocial tendencies, and friendships Gustavo Carlo, Brandy A. Randall, Ken J. Rotenberg and Brian E. Armenta; 14. Promoting intergroup trust among adolescents and young adults Rhiannon N. Turner, Miles Hewstone, Hermann Swart, Tania Tam, Elissa Myers and Nicole Tausch.

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  • ISBN13: 9780521887991
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 346
  • ID: 9780521887991
  • weight: 680
  • ISBN10: 0521887992

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