The purpose of this study was to determine the primary school principals' views on trust in students and parents and also, to explore the relationships between principals' levels of professional burnout and their trust in students and parents. To this end, Principal Trust Survey and Friedman Principal Burnout scales were administered on 119 primary school principals (F=7, M=112) working in Malatya, a city located in the eastern part of Turkey. Research results revealed that principals' views on trust in students differ significantly in terms of their level of education and professional experience. Results also showed that principal trust in students and parents is moderately negatively related with principal burnout. (C) 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.