Current Psychology

, Volume 38, Issue 5, pp 1182–1189 | Cite as

The relationship between interpersonal responsibility and interpersonal trust: A longitudinal study

  • Yu Zeng
  • Ling-Xiang XiaEmail author


Although the relationship between personality and interpersonal trust has been supported, the longitudinal effect of personality on interpersonal trust (especially the unique effects of indigenous Chinese personality traits) has been ignored by prior studies. The present study explored the longitudinal relationship between interpersonal responsibility (an indigenous Chinese interpersonal trait) and interpersonal trust among 1882 undergraduate students over a 6-month interval. Latent structural equation modelling showed that interpersonal responsibility predicted interpersonal trust 6 months later, and the path coefficient from interpersonal trust to interpersonal responsibility was marginally significant. Additionally, the results of hierarchical linear regression analyses showed that after controlling for the Big Five personality traits, interpersonal responsibility predicted interpersonal trust at the same time and over time. These results suggest that interpersonal responsibility may have a unique effect on interpersonal trust that is independent of the effects of the Big Five traits, thus extending the research regarding the relationship between personality and interpersonal trust.


Interpersonal responsibility Interpersonal trust Big five traits Longitudinal analysis 



This manuscript was supported by a Grant Project of the Human Social Science Research Program of the Ministry of Education (14YJA190011) and the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities (SWU1509107).

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Ethical Approval

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

Informed Consent

Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.

Conflict of Interest

Author A declares that he/she has no conflict of interest. Author B declares that he/she has no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Law and Public AdministrationMinnan Normal UniversityZhangzhouChina
  2. 2.Faculty of PsychologySouthwest UniversityChongqingChina

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