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Perceived corruption and individuals’ life satisfaction: The mediating role of Institutional Trust Marco

Ciziceno, Marco, Travaglino, Giovanni A. (2018) Perceived corruption and individuals’ life satisfaction: The mediating role of Institutional Trust Marco. Social Indicators Research, 141 (2). pp. 685-701. ISSN 0303-8300. (doi:10.1007/s11205-018-1850-2) (KAR id:66058)


Corruption degrades the quality of institutions, increases economic inequality and limits growth. Recent studies indicate that corruption is also associated with lower satisfaction with life. This research examines a potential explanation for this association and investigates the role of institutional trust in mediating the linkage between perceived corruption and satisfaction with life. Specifically, in two studies, we tested the novel hypothesises that perceived corruption affects life satisfaction indirectly by undermining individuals’ confidence in institutions. Study 1 (N = 251) involved an opportunity sample from the US. Study 2 (N = 9508) analysed data from the World Value Survey and involved a larger, representative sample of individuals from the MENA region. Across studies, mediation analyses provided evidence for the hypothesized indirect effect of perceived corruption on life satisfaction through institutional trust. Implications of the findings, limitations of the studies and directions for future research are discussed.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1007/s11205-018-1850-2
Uncontrolled keywords: Corruption, Trust, Life satisfaction, Well-being
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology > Centre for the Study of Group Processes
Depositing User: Giovanni Travaglino
Date Deposited: 19 Feb 2018 10:55 UTC
Last Modified: 19 Jul 2019 13:46 UTC
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