Social Relations Model

The social relations model (SRM), developed by David Kenny and Lawrence LaVoie, offers both a conceptualization scheme and a set of analytical tools for studying interdependent perceptions and behaviors related to group processes and outcomes at multiple levels of analysis. The model assesses the degree of similarity of perceptions or behaviors within groups (e.g., whether everyone in the group thinks that a given member is credible or whether members direct their comments to a particular person) and whether that similarity holds at the individual, dyadic, and group levels of analysis. The SRM decomposes ratings members make about or behaviors directed to other members into three basic components, each of which is used to answer a set of specific questions regarding group and interpersonal processes.

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