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Interpersonal Perception and Metaperception in Nonoverlapping Social Groups
Faculty Publications
  • Thomas E Malloy, Rhode Island College
  • Linda Albright, Westfield State College
  • David A. Kenny, University of Connecticut - Tri-Campus
  • Fredric Agatstein, Rhode Island College
  • Lynn Winquist, Rhode Island College
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Dept. of Psychology
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Consensus, self-other agreement, and meta-accuracy were studied within and across nonoverlapping social groups. Thirty-one target persons were judged on the Big Five factors by 9 informants: 3 family members, 3 friends, and 3 coworkers. Although well acquainted within groups, informants were unacquainted between groups. A social relations analysis conducted within each social group showed reliable consensus on the Big Five personality factors. A model specified to estimate the consistency of a target person's effect on perceptions by others across social groups showed weaker agreement across groups. That is, targets were perceived consensually within groups, but these consensual perceptions differed between groups. The data suggest that personality and identity are context specific; however, there was some evidence of agreement in perceptions across groups.