On the importance of trust in interpersonal attraction from attitude similarity

Singh, Ramadhar, Wegener, Duane T., Sankaran, Krithiga, Singh, Smita, Lin, Patrick K.F., Seow, Mellissa Xuemei, Teng, Jocelyn Shu Qing, and Shuli, Sudderuddin (2015) On the importance of trust in interpersonal attraction from attitude similarity. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 32 (6). pp. 829-850.

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Trust has been identified as a key factor in relationship development and appreciation of group members. However, trust has not been previously considered as a reason for attitude similarity to result in attraction. Thus, in the current research, the authors investigated trust as a key component of attraction based on attitude similarity. Trust was shown to significantly mediate attitude similarity effects on attraction when measured alone (Experiment 1) and alongside positive affect in the participants (Experiment 2A), respect for the partner (Experiment 2B), or inferred partner's attraction to the participants (Experiment 2C). Trust was also shown to have independent effects on attraction when juxtaposed with all three of the traditional mediators of attitude similarity effects (Experiment 3). Implications of these findings for models of attraction are discussed.

Item ID: 36445
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1460-3608
Keywords: acceptance, affect, attitude similarity, inferred attraction, respect
Funders: National University of Singapore (NUS), Indian Institute of Management Bangalore
Projects and Grants: NUS R-581-000- 049-112, IIMB 7358
Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2015 05:05
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170113 Social and Community Psychology @ 50%
17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified @ 50%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences @ 100%
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