Levels of interpersonal complementarity: A simplex representation

Terence Tracey

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The relations among different measures of interpersonal behavior and complementarity across level were examined in one session of a sample of therapy dyads (N = 26) and in an interaction between college students (N = 108). Four levels of complementarity, trait, aggregate situation, behavioral interchanges, and behavioral interchanges with base rates removed were examined as they covaried among themselves and with interaction evaluations. The four levels of complementarity were found to befit by a simplex structure, and this structure was related to interaction evaluation in both samples. The complementarity- evaluation relation was mediated by base-rate-corrected complementarity. Implications relative to the operationalization of complementarity are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1211-1225
Number of pages15
JournalPersonality and Social Psychology Bulletin
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2004


  • Complementarity
  • Interpersonal circle
  • Interpersonal interaction
  • Simplex

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology


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