METHODS FOR ASSESSING DYADS
|•||How much Tom likes Peter.|
|•||How much Dick smiles when interacting with Paul.|
|•||How intelligent Harry thinks Mary is.|
In each of these three interactions, the person who produces the measure (the actor) is an individual person, but the outcome of the measure is influenced not only by the characteristics of the actor but by the particular partner as well. For instance, Tom's liking of Peter is, in part, a consequence of something about Tom, but it is also influenced by what Peter is like and by the nature of the relationship between the two of them. Thus, all three of these cases are examples of dyadic measurements because there are two persons (and their interaction) involved in each.
The terms partner and actor correspond to stimulus and responder in a dyadic situation. The actor is the responder, and the partner the stimulus. With dyadic data the person can
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Publication information: Book title: Principles and Methods of Social Research. Edition: 2nd. Contributors: William D. Crano - Author, Marilynn B. Brewer - Author. Publisher: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. Place of publication: Mahwah, NJ. Publication year: 2002. Page number: 311.
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