By Patricia K. Kerig, Donald H. Baucom

A significant other quantity to kin Observational Coding structures, this booklet strikes from the triad to the dyad and offers a show off for major advancements within the coding of intimate couple interactions. The wish is this ebook will give a contribution to the broadening and deepening of the sector through disseminating info either in regards to the coding platforms which were constructed, in addition to the conceptual and methodological concerns inquisitive about couple observational study. the 1st 3 chapters current overviews of conceptual and methodological matters within the examine of couple techniques. the remainder chapters describe contributions to the sphere by way of sixteen groups of researchers. each one bankruptcy presents information regarding the conceptual underpinnings and constitution of the coding method built through the authors and proof for its psychometric homes. Couple Observational Coding structures may be of curiosity to researchers learning couple interactions in addition to clinicians who paintings with undefined.

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METHODOLOGICAL GUIDELINES 33 calculated using these additional data points. Jacob, Tennenbaum, and Krahn (1987) described a method for computing an aggregate kappa from aggregate scores only, when coders record only total frequencies for each of the codes. In this case, the confusion matrix also includes a "no code" category. For each code, the smaller frequency given by either of the two coders is entered in the diagonal, so that these are treated as agreements, and the remainder is entered in the "no code" category and treated as disagreements.

The index ranges from 0 to 1, with scores approaching 1 indicating higher levels of rater agreement. RAIs can be calculated for individual ratings of individual couples by two coders. There are different variations of equations allowing for the consideration of various numbers of raters, subjects, and behaviors observed. Reliability of Sequential Data There appears to be disagreement within the field as to how best handle the reliability of sequential data. Margolin et al. (1998) suggested that sequential data should be evaluated by point-by-point agreement between coders on the individual codes used in the sequential analysis.

In summary, DS approaches illuminate basic processes within interactions by making time a central focus of the description. They also force the researcher to make explicit which variables are theoretically important. The graphical techniques can provide a useful qualitative understanding of transitions drawn to attractors. The mathematical approaches require estimating parameters in difference equations, but here, too, trajectories of change may be useful for predicting clinical outcomes. CODA How could something so seemingly simple—looking at how couples interact— become so complicated?

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