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Trust and confidence: a study of young Queenslanders

Tranter, BK and Skrbis, Z 2009 , 'Trust and confidence: a study of young Queenslanders' , Australian Journal of Political Science, vol. 44, no. 4 , pp. 659-678 , doi: .

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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 sports people, 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 Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Tranter, BK and Skrbis, Z
Keywords: political trust, confidence
Journal or Publication Title: Australian Journal of Political Science
ISSN: 1036-1146
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