Department of Human Development and Family Studies, The Pennsylvania State University, 150 S Henderson Building, University Park, PA 16802.
Comparing Analytic Techniques to Classify Dyadic Relationships: An Example Using Siblings
Article first published online: 15 NOV 2006
Journal of Marriage and Family
Volume 68, Issue 5, pages 1370–1382, December 2006
How to Cite
Whiteman, S. D. and Loken, E. (2006), Comparing Analytic Techniques to Classify Dyadic Relationships: An Example Using Siblings. Journal of Marriage and Family, 68: 1370–1382. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-3737.2006.00333.x
- Issue published online: 15 NOV 2006
- Article first published online: 15 NOV 2006
- cluster analysis;
- dyadic/couple data;
- sibling relations
Several methods exist for typologizing dyadic relationships. The present study reviews the utility of methods for typologizing relationships, exploring the strengths and weaknesses of 3 different approaches, and applying them to the study of adolescent sibling relationships. The 3 methods examined are a priori methods, cluster analysis, and mixture models. Each approach was used to analyze the same data taken from a cross section of a longitudinal study of 384 families with adolescent children. Clustering appeared to favor a 2-type solution whereas the mixture model approach supported 4 types. The 3 strategies are discussed in terms of their statistical rigor and utility in the study of close relationships.