Dyadic data are data that capture interactions between an individual and a social partner. A dyad is defined as a unit consisting of two parts. Examples of dyads are parent and child, teacher and student, client and therapist, spouses, and peers or two players in a sports game. Dyadic data often describe some sort of dialogue, such as face-to-face communication, that characterizes an underlying interaction process. This type of data is a key focus of attention for researchers from various branches within psychology, sociology, pedagogy, and educational sciences. It is particularly relevant for behavioral scientists who are interested in studying development across the life span. Dyadic data often reflect interactions that are crucial for understanding the processes underlying social behavior, learning, and development.

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