This research was supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation (R. Gonzalez), and by grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada as well as the Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship (D. Griffin). We thank Tony Greenwald, David Kenny, Bill Ickes, Jeff Simpson, and the structural equation modeling seminar at the University of Washington for their helpful suggestions on previous drafts.
The correlational analysis of dyad-level data in the distinguishable case
Article first published online: 20 MAY 2005
Volume 6, Issue 4, pages 449–469, December 1999
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GONZALEZ, R. and GRIFFIN, D. (1999), The correlational analysis of dyad-level data in the distinguishable case. Personal Relationships, 6: 449–469. doi: 10.1111/j.1475-6811.1999.tb00203.x
- Issue published online: 20 MAY 2005
- Article first published online: 20 MAY 2005
Many theories of interpersonal relationships distinguish between individual-level processes and dyadic or group-level processes. This suggests that two-person relationships should be studied at the level of the dyad as well as at the level of the individual. We discuss correlational methods for dyads when each dyad contains two different types of individuals (e.g., a husband and wife, a mother and child, or an expert and a novice). In such dyadic interaction designs, the dyad members are said to be distinguishable. We present a method for computing the overall correlation for distinguishable dyads, and we discuss a model for separating the dyad-level and individual-level components of such a correlation. The computational techniques and their interpretation are described using data from 98 heterosexual couples.