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Four Sources of Trust and Life Satisfaction for Korean Elders

  • Korean Social Science Journal
  • Abbr : KSSJ
  • 2009, 36(1), pp.61-92
  • Publisher : Korean Social Science Research Council
  • Research Area : Social Science > Social Science in general

Gihong Yi 1

1한림대학교

Candidate

ABSTRACT

This research investigates the roles of four major trust sources, including their mutual influences, in explaining life satisfaction of Korean elders by analyzing a survey data. It uses voluntary organization membership, network, community trust, and institutional trust as major trust sources influencing life satisfaction based on a theoretical reformulation of previous empirical conclusions. According to analysis results, voluntary organization membership and community trust positively affect life satisfaction among the four trust sources in addition to generalized trust, through direct and indirect paths. Network and institutional trust turned out relatively ineffective or statistically not significant in so doing. Analysis on the mechanism of mutual influence among the trust sources also suggests the institutional factor is less effective in enhancing life satisfaction. Network influences life satisfaction only indirectly, through voluntary organizational membership or community trust in most analyzed subcategories of the surveyed elders. Overall, community trust shows strong effects on life satisfaction. Based on the results, suggestion of further research and policy implications are mentioned.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.