Article

Pathways to trust and caution among South African university students

Published in: Journal of Psychology in Africa
Volume 27, issue 6, 2017 , pages: 503–506
DOI: 10.1080/14330237.2017.1399557
Author(s): Erhabor S. IdemudiaSchool of Research and Postgraduate Studie, Faculty of Human and Social Sciences, South Africa, Catherine T. KwantesDepartment of Psychology, Canada, Matthew O. OlasupoSchool of Research and Postgraduate Studie, Faculty of Human and Social Sciences, South Africa

Abstract

This study sought to characterise lifestyle factors of trust and caution among South African university students (n = 196; females = 78.06%; median age = 21 years). The students completed an online survey on trustworthiness in cultural context. The data were analysed using Structural Equation Modelling (SEM) to construct pathways among the trust and caution with social cynicism, and tolerance for ambiguity. Results indicate social cynicism to predict generalised caution, but not generalised trust. Tolerance for ambiguity was not a significant predictor of generalised trust, nor of generalised caution.

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