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Family Socialization, Trust and Change: Evidence from Russia

Comparative Sociology. 2018. Vol. 17. No. 3-4. P. 261-278.
Bahry D., Kozyreva P. M.

Social science debates about sources of generalized trust have prompted growingattention to how children develop faith in others. Much of the evidence, however, hascome from relatively stable and prosperous societies. How might children’s trust differin societies that have experienced rapid and destabilizing transitions, as in postcommuniststates? Using new evidence on Russia from three waves of a survey between2006 and 2014, the authors show that children’s trust is relatively low, reflecting lowtrust among parents, children’s sense of economic insecurity, and their doubts aboutthe fairness of key institutions. But rising cohorts since the early 2000s display moretrust than their parents and than their earlier counterparts. Thus old patterns ofdistrust do not necessarily persist intact.