ABSTRACT

The methodology is a descriptive-explorative one. Questionnaires were used to identify and understand a number of social phenomena and a large amount of data emerged from the sample, which consisted of a total of 1,000 respondents. Data was collected based on a questionnaire that was identical with the one used during the 2010 data collection, and this made it possible to compare and contrast the data from the two time periods and isolate correlations.

After SPSS complex factor analysis, the results were then presented according to 1. the World Beliefs Scale, as developed by Dalbert and Berkics; 2. Forgács’ eight-statement, four-tier Likert scale; 3. Dean’s original Alienation Scale; 4. Brewer’s scale for Depersonalized Trust; 5. Rosenberg’s ten-statement scale for Globalization and Trust; 6. the four-tier Self-Esteem Scale; 7. Cacioppo’s Need for Cognition Scale; 8. Webster-Kruglanski Need for Closure Scale; 9. Ten-Item Personality Scale; and 10. Adorno’s classic scale of authoritarian personality traits or F-Scale.