Accuracy in judgments of aggressiveness.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Perceivers are both accurate and biased in their understanding of others. Past research has distinguished between three types of accuracy: generalized accuracy, a perceiver's accuracy about how a target interacts with others in general; perceiver accuracy, a perceiver's view of others corresponding with how the perceiver is treated by others in general; and dyadic accuracy, a perceiver's accuracy about a target when interacting with that target. Researchers have proposed that there should be more dyadic than other forms of accuracy among well-acquainted individuals because of the pragmatic utility of forecasting the behavior of interaction partners. We examined behavioral aggression among well-acquainted peers. A total of 116 9-year-old boys rated how aggressive their classmates were toward other classmates. Subsequently, 11 groups of 6 boys each interacted in play groups, during which observations of aggression were made. Analyses indicated strong generalized accuracy yet little dyadic and perceiver accuracy.

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Cited Authors

  • Kenny, DA; West, TV; Cillessen, AHN; Coie, JD; Dodge, KA; Hubbard, JA; Schwartz, D

Published Date

  • September 2007

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 33 / 9

Start / End Page

  • 1225 - 1236

PubMed ID

  • 17575243

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC2753446

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1552-7433

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0146-1672

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/0146167207303026


  • eng