Gender differences in trust dynamics: Women trust more than men following a trust violation

Michael P. Haselhuhn, Jessica A. Kennedy, Laura J. Kray, Alex B. Van Zant, Maurice E. Schweitzer

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Abstract

Despite the importance of trust for efficient social and organizational functioning, transgressions that betray trust are common. We know little about the personal characteristics that affect the extent to which transgressions actually harm trust. In this research, we examine how gender moderates responses to trust violations. Across three studies, we demonstrate that following a violation, women are both less likely to lose trust and more likely to restore trust in a transgressor than men. Women care more about maintaining relationships than men, and this greater relational investment mediates the relationship between gender and trust dynamics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)104-109
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Experimental Social Psychology
Volume56
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

Keywords

  • Gender
  • Trust
  • Trust dynamics
  • Trust recovery

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