Psychological foundations of trust

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Trust lies at the foundation of nearly all major theories of interpersonal relationships. Despite its great theoretical importance, a limited amount of research has examined how and why trust develops, is maintained, and occasionally unravels in relationships. Following a brief overview of theoretical and empirical milestones in the interpersonal-trust literature, an integrative process model of trust in dyadic relationships is presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)264-268
Number of pages5
JournalCurrent Directions in Psychological Science
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 2007

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The writing of the article was supported in part by National Institute of Mental Health Grant MH49599-05.


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