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Trust and confidence: a study of young Queenslanders


Tranter, BK and Skrbis, Z, Trust and confidence: a study of young Queenslanders, Australian Journal of Political Science, 44, (4) pp. 659-678. ISSN 1036-1146 (2009) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/10361140903296560


This paper provides a unique perspective on trust in Australian society using data from the first wave of a longitudinal study of young people in Queensland. Questions central to young people's expectations regarding institutions and significant others are interrogated. Trust assumes critical importance in this context because it is an important aspect of the future-oriented deliberative processes young people engage in. Gender, indigenous status and religiosity are key determinants of trust across a range of indicators. Boys are less likely than girls to trust significant others such as friends and siblings or to trust environmental groups, but are more trusting of sportspeople, television and the internet. Aboriginal children are more trusting of their siblings, teachers and neighbours, but less so of their parents. 'Smart' children are more trusting of their teachers and schools and feel more confident about their future, while general life satisfaction is positively associated with most measures of trust.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Queensland, young people, trust and confidence
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Political science
Research Field:Political science not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Tranter, BK (Professor Bruce Tranter)
ID Code:59521
Year Published:2009
Web of Science® Times Cited:9
Deposited By:Sociology and Social Work
Deposited On:2009-12-04
Last Modified:2016-10-26

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