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This research study was conducted to determine the importance of trust in relationships. To determine the difference in trust levels, opinions on being hurt by an intimate partner are studied next to the participants' opinions of being hurt by a close friend. Surveys were completed by 65 participants ages 18-24 on Eastern Illinois University's campus. The survey was nine questions long and had mainly multiple choice answer options. Results were surprising on participants' levels of trust. Every participant believed that trust was the key factor in making an intimate relationship work, yet an almost exact 50% of the participants had experienced infidelity or a breach of trust with their partner. This study was a great stepping-stone to open doors into a deeper study of trust between intimate and platonic relationships.
Cosentino, Cara, "Trust in Relationships: A Study to Determine the Importance of Trust" (2012). Undergraduate Honors Theses. 24.