Comparative evaluation of a videotaped measure of interpersonal distance

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Abstract

Compared scores of 50 male volunteer university students on a new videotaped measure of interpersonal distance (IPD) with their scores on 4 of the few other IPD measures on which psychometric data have been published. Three of the measures, the Pedersen Personal Space Measure, the Rawls Personal Space Measure, and Duke and Nowicki's Comfortable Interpersonal Distance scales were paper-and-pencil tests. The 4th involved a controlled real-life situation in which a confederate actually approached the Ss. The results indicate that the videotaped measure was appreciably superior to the other techniques as it largely overcame their methodological problems while remaining reliable, valid, and practical to use. (30 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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