Statistical analysis of dyadic social behavior

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Abstract

Describes a method for determining the effects of sex (or any other dichotomous characteristic) from the individual correlated behavioral responses observed in dyadic interactional situations. In the illustration used, the dyads are of 3 types: girl-girl, girl-boy, and boy-boy. Main effects of sex of S and of sex of partner and interaction effects are estimated and tested, using a generalization of the matched-pair t-test approach. Intragroup correlations between paired responses are examined separately. Alternative procedures of analysis are discussed and compared. The present method is extended to interacting groups larger than dyads when the S characteristic remains dichotomous (e.g., boys and girls in groups of 3, 4, etc). In these cases there are 3 intragroup correlations of interest for responses within the same interacting groups: boys vs boys, boys vs girls, and girls vs girls. (12 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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