Variations of institutional trust across 50 countries

  • Cristea, M. (Speaker)
  • Ana-Maria Bliuc (Contributor)
  • John Betts (Contributor)

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation


The work was presented during the Pre-Conference "State of trust in social and political psychology: What we know, what we don’t, and where we should be looking", in conjunction with EASP 2023 General Meeting, 30 June 2023

In the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, it has become essential to identify the determinants of institutional trust in times of crisis (Han et al., 2021). The current study is based on data from the PsyCorona initiative (10.17605/OSF.IO/QHYUE), a cross-cultural and longitudinal project examining psychological and behavioural responses to Covid-19. We examined variations of institutional trust across 50 countries during Covid-19. Additionally, we looked at cross-sectional and longitudinal associations of institutional trust with the adoption of prosocial behaviours (e.g., making personal sacrifices to prevent the spread of the virus). For our analyses, we included 61.837 responses across 22 points of data collection. Our findings suggested that institutional trust remained stable during the pandemic. Higher institutional trust regarding COVID-19 control was associated with higher adoption of prosocial behaviours. Finally, higher trust at baseline was associated with a lower rate of decline in prosocial behaviours over time.

Keywords: institutional trust, COVID-19, prosocial behaviours.
Period30 Jun 2023
Event title19th General Meeting of the European Association of Social Psychology 2023
Event typeConference
LocationKrakow, PolandShow on map


  • trust in government
  • trust in community
  • prosocial behaviours
  • COVID-19

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology