Civic Engagement, Interpersonal Trust, and Television Use: An Individual-Level Assessment of Social Capital

  title={Civic Engagement, Interpersonal Trust, and Television Use: An Individual-Level Assessment of Social Capital},
  author={Dhavan V. Shah},
  journal={Political Psychology},
  • Dhavan V. Shah
  • Published 1 September 1998
  • Psychology
  • Political Psychology
The mechanisms underlying the formation and sustenance of social capital on the individual level were explored with a structural model composed of the endogenous variables of civic engagement and interpersonal trust. Using the 1995 DDB Needham life style study, analysis of the model permitted an examination of the strength and direction of the causal relationships driving the “virtuous circle” of participation and trust; the demographic, situational/contextual, orientational, and attitudinal… 

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