The study examines data collected in the Los Angeles Family and Neighborhood Survey. Eileen Bjornstrom, Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Missouri, conducted the research. She received her doctorate in sociology from The Ohio State University.
“While most people aren’t aware of how trust impacts them, results indicated that trust was a factor in a person’s overall health,” according to Bjornstrom. The study looked at trust of neighbors and self-rated health relative to income distribution.
“Because human beings engage in interpersonal comparisons in order to gauge individual characteristics, it has been suggested that a low relative position, or feeling that you are below another person financially, leads to stress and negative emotions such as shame, hostility and distrust, and that health suffers as a consequence,” she says.
Surprisingly, the findings point to a different group when it comes to distrust. Those participating in the survey with higher incomes relative to their community were likely to be distrustful of their neighbors. So much for assumptions.
Over all, respondents to the survey who trusted their neighbors reported better health on average. Continue reading Golden Rule linked to better health in new study