Term of Award

Spring 2015

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (open access)

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Creative Commons License
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Department of Psychology

Committee Chair

Michael Nielsen

Committee Member 1

Amy Hackney

Committee Member 2

Daniel Webster


Several factors including experience, group membership, and religious involvement can have an impact on trust. The purpose of the current research was to examine religion as a possible factor in an individual’s trust behaviors. Researchers hypothesized that (1) individuals who identified themselves as being religious would trust strangers more easily than those who did not identify with a religion, and (2) that individuals would more easily trust strangers if the strangers were presented as being religious. Seventy-two participants were presented with three vignettes and were asked to respond to a series of scales measuring general trust, religiosity, conservatism, social distance, and demographics. Descriptive statistics, a multiple regression analysis, correlations, a mixed ANOVA, a repeated measures ANOVA, and a chi-square analysis were conducted to examine the data. Findings indicate that individuals who identified themselves as being relatively more religious did not report being able to trust strangers more easily than those who were relatively less religious and that individuals reported trusting the strangers more easily if the other person was presented as being religious versus nonreligious.