Componential analysis of interpersonal perception data

David A. Kenny, Tessa V. West, Thomas E. Malloy, Linda Albright

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We examine the advantages and disadvantages of 2 types of analyses used in interpersonal perception studies: componential and noncomponential. Componential analysis of interpersonal perception data (Kenny, 1994) partitions a judgment into components and then estimates the variances of and the correlations between these components. A noncomponential analysis uses raw scores to analyze interpersonal perception data. Three different research areas are investigated: consensus of perceptions across social contexts, reciprocity of attraction, and individual differences in self-enhancement. Finally, we consider criticisms of componential analysis. We conclude that interpersonal perception data necessarily have components (e.g., perceiver, target, measure, and their interactions), and that the researcher needs to develop a model that best captures the researcher's questions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)282-294
Number of pages13
JournalPersonality and Social Psychology Review
Volume10
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2006

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Kenny, D. A., West, T. V., Malloy, T. E., & Albright, L. (2006). Componential analysis of interpersonal perception data. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 10(4), 282-294.

Componential analysis of interpersonal perception data. / Kenny, David A.; West, Tessa V.; Malloy, Thomas E.; Albright, Linda.

In: Personality and Social Psychology Review, Vol. 10, No. 4, 2006, p. 282-294.

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Kenny, DA, West, TV, Malloy, TE & Albright, L 2006, 'Componential analysis of interpersonal perception data', Personality and Social Psychology Review, vol. 10, no. 4, pp. 282-294.
Kenny, David A. ; West, Tessa V. ; Malloy, Thomas E. ; Albright, Linda. / Componential analysis of interpersonal perception data. In: Personality and Social Psychology Review. 2006 ; Vol. 10, No. 4. pp. 282-294.
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