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Human values and trust in institutions across countries : a multilevel test of Schwartz's hypothesis of structural equivalence

Menschliche Werte und Vertrauen über Länder hinweg : ein mehrstufiger Test zur Überprüfung der Hypothese von Schwartz in Bezug auf strukturelle Äquivalenz
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Morselli, Davide; Spini, Dario; Devos, Thierry

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Abstract "The goal of this article was to show how structural equation modeling associated to multilevel regressions represents a powerful tool to examine innovative cross-cultural research questions. The relationship between values and trust in institutions was investigated in four cross-cultural datasets: three were students and teacher samples; the last was a general sample from the 2005 World Values Survey (WVS). The hypothesis of equivalence of the structure of relations between values and trust in institutions (sinusoid curve hypothesis) was tested with a series of multilevel multiple indicators and multiple causes models with random slopes. Structural equivalence was confirmed for student samples, but not for the general sample. The between-country variance of the relationship between values and trust in the general sample was partially explained by country level differences in socio-economic wealth and quality of governance." (author's abstract)
Keywords social norm; value; value analysis; value-orientation; value system; confidence; institution
Classification General Sociology, Basic Research, General Concepts and History of Sociology, Sociological Theories
Document language English
Publication Year 2012
Page/Pages p. 49-60
Journal Survey Research Methods, 6 (2012) 1
Issue topic Theory of human values
ISSN 1864-3361
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications