Ken J. Rotenberg, Ph.D., is a Professor of Psychology at Keele University in the UK. He has carried out research in Developmental Psychology and Social Psychology as well as applied topics, notably Health Psychology and Forensic Psychology. His research has focused on interpersonal trust, loneliness, eating disorders, children’s health, and policing. To date, he has published approximately 100 papers on these topics in highly ranked journals (e.g., Basic and Applied Social Psychology, Child: Health, Care and Development, Child Development, Developmental Psychology, European Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, International Journal of Eating Disorders, Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, Journal of Experiment Child Psychology, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin) and in 4 books by well-regarded publishers (e.g., Cambridge University Press, Springer-Verlag). His most recent book is entitled, “Interpersonal Trust During Childhood and Adolescence” and it includes chapters by an array of well-known scholars from around the world (e.g., Australia, Canada, Japan, USA, and UK) and a range of institutions (e.g., Harvard University and University of Oxford).
People often wonder why trust matters. Four Blogs will deal with that issue. This Blog highlights that the decision to trust others confront men and women every day. The Basis, Domain, and Dimension (BDT) framework (Rotenberg, 2012) is provided as an account of trust in social interaction. The other trust Blogs are: (a) Do You Trust the “Right” Amount? (b) But Grandmother! What Big Teeth You Have or Why Your Mother or Father Read Fables to You, and, (c) The Role of Parents in Children’s Trust: What Can We Do to Promote Our Children’s Trust?