A Coming-of-Age for Research on Interpersonal Perception


  • Support for this work was provided in part by Grant BNS 9008077 from the National Science Foundation. I want to thank Patrick Sullivan, Deborah Kashy, Stephen West, and David Funder, who provided valuable comments on an earlier version of this article. I received Bank, Duncan, Patterson, and Reid's “Parent and Teacher Ratings in the Assessment and Prediction of Antisocial and Delinquent Behaviors” (this issue) too late for full consideration in my discussion.

concerning this article should be addressed to David A. Kenny, Department of Psychology, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT 06238-1020.


ABSTRACT Research on accuracy and consensus in interpersonal perception has become a major topic in the social sciences. Key methodological issues in this research are research design, statistical measures of agreement, unit of analysis, and data aggregation. I discuss the twelve articles devoted to these topics in this special issue in terms of moderators of agreement, the weighted average model of consensus and accuracy (Kenny, 1991), and methodological innovations.