Trust in intimate relationships: The increased importance of embeddedness for marriage in the United States

Rijt, A. V. D. & Buskens, V., 2006, In : Rationality and Society. 18, 2, p. 123 1 p.

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  • Arnout van de Rijt
  • Vincent Buskens
Due to the rise of a market for casual relationships, investing in a serious relationship now requires more trust than it did four decades ago. We develop a theory of trust and embeddedness in intimate relationships. One implication of the theory is that given the increased importance of trust, the effects of embeddedness on marriage chances should have increased. Analyses were performed on data from the Chicago Health and Social Life Survey. Various measures of embeddedness were employed. The hypothesis on the increasing importance of embeddedness for marriage found empirical support in the effects of each of these measures.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)123
Number of pages1
JournalRationality and Society
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2006


  • trust, embeddedness, social networks, marriage

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