Scientific Annals of the Psychology Society of Northern Greece,
Methods, non-verbal communication of emotion, affect, interpersonal relationships
The present study describes a new method for the assessment of accuracy in non-verbal communication of emotion in close relationships and presents results from a study that examined the validity of the method. The paper initially argues for the need of a new method on the basis of critical review of most the existing methods of accuracy of non-verbal communication of emotion, specifically: a) that they assess more symbolic rather than affective dimensions of non-verbal communication, b) that they involve inconsistencies with regards to the elicitation of emotion and c) that they involve methodological problems in the procedure of assessing the accuracy of non-verbal communication of emotion in the couple. The new method, the Procedure for assessing Affect Communication Accuracy, focuses on affective components of non-verbal communication of emotion. Assessment of affective dimensions of non-verbal communication via facial expressions are important since they serve as indicators of both intra-individual and interpersonal components of the interaction. The results from a study on the validity of the method in a sample of 40 dating couples has shown that two main part of the method (elicitation of positive and negative autobiographical emotions and assessment of the accuracy in non-verbal communication of emotion) have good structural and discriminant validity.
Kafetsios, Konstantinos and Campbell, Kelly, "Measuring non-verbal communication of emotion in personal relationships: The Procedure for assessing Affect Communication Accuracy" (2009). Psychology Faculty Publications. 3.