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The Challenges of Conducting Dyadic Research: Studying the Relationship Between Social Anxiety and Social Surrogate Use in Pairs of College Roommates

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Dyadic research provides an opportunity to understand the interdependent nature of social behavior. However, this type of design presents a unique set of methodological and statistical challenges. The two studies described in this case involve a dyadic approach to understanding how socially anxious people recruit others to accompany them into social situations, a process known as social surrogacy. The advantages and difficulties associated with taking such a dyadic approach, as well as the other challenges my co-author and I encountered while conducting this research (e.g., distinguishing between confirmatory and exploratory aspects of the studies, recruitment, hypothetical vs. naturalistic assessment techniques) are explored and discussed.

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