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Expert Meeting on Novel Methodologies and Approaches for Dyadic Analyses in the Context of the Family and Intimate Relationships

On May 20, 2016, the National Research Council (NRC) Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences (BBCSS) convened an expert meeting identify promising new methodological approaches for advancing research on dyadic processes within family and interpersonal relationships that influence health. Presenters provided a brief overview of current and emerging methods in the relationship sciences. Subsequent discussion focused on: (1) behavioral and physiological measures that can characterize high-quality relationships and explain their associations with health outcomes; (2) gold standard methods for operationalizing quality, satisfaction, and other important aspects of dyadic relationships that should be operationalized; (3) current methodological challenges and possible solutions; (4) relationship processes that have not been, but should be, studied, within dyads and beyond; and (5) the most promising new tools for the study of dyadic relationship processes. A meeting summary (PDF, 254K) is available.