The Role of Trust in the Evolution of College Friendships

Sofia Dokuka, Maria Yudkevich

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The influence of individual characteristics on social structures is a key issue in sociological research. This study examines the evolution of social networks among freshmen at a Russian university to determine the role of generalized trust in social integration. It is demonstrated that trustful individuals are more likely to enter into relationships with people with whom they have no mutual friends and to expand their social networks. Empirical evidence is consistent with the theoretical prediction of sociologists, James S. Colman and Eric M.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)95-105
Number of pages11
JournalVoprosy Obrazovaniya / Educational Studies Moscow
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes

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  • generalized trust
  • higher education
  • social integration
  • social network analysis
  • social network dynamics
  • social networks
  • student networks
  • trust

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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