Accuracy and bias in the perception of the partner in a close relationship

Published on Mar 1, 2001in Journal of Personality and Social Psychology
· DOI :10.1037/0022-3514.80.3.439
David A. Kenny73
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David A. Kenny85
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Linda K. Acitelli22
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Partners in close relationships can be both accurate and biased in their perceptions of each other. Moreover, sometimes a bias can lead to accuracy. The authors describe a paradigm for the simultaneous measurement of accuracy and bias in 2-person relationships. One prevalent bias in close relationships is assumed similarity: Does the person think that his or her partner sees the world as he or she does? In a study of 238 dating and married heterosexual couples, the authors found evidence for both bias and accuracy; the bias effects were considerably stronger, especially when the measure was linked to the relationship. They found little or no evidence for gender differences in accuracy and bias.
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