Interpersonal perceptions and metaperceptions of relationship closeness, satisfaction and popularity: A relational and directional analysis

David Y. F. Ho, Albert W. L. Chau*

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    Abstract

    Relationship closeness, satisfaction in interaction, and popularity in mainland China was investigated using a methodological relational approach, which stresses the bidirectional nature of perceptions and metaperceptions. Two studies were conducted: one involving 164 dyads and the other 20 five-member groups; participants were college students of both sexes who were well acquainted with one another. Major results are: (i) liking perceptions and metaperceptions are predominately relational in nature; (ii) assumed reciprocities are not consistently larger than actual reciprocities; and (iii) directional congruence is modest for closeness, but high for satisfaction and popularity. These results are discussed in terms of methodological relationalism, particularly the construct of directionality.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)173-184
    Number of pages12
    JournalAsian Journal of Social Psychology
    Volume12
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Sept 2009

    Scopus Subject Areas

    • Social Psychology
    • Social Sciences(all)

    User-Defined Keywords

    • Closeness
    • Directionality
    • Methodological relationalism
    • Popularity
    • Satisfaction

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