HomePhilippine Journal of Psychologyvol. 39 no. 1 (2006)

Structural Similarities among Significant Others and Acquaintances: Measurable?

Gilda Dans-lopez

Discipline: Psychology



This study employs a variation of Kelly's Repertory grid, called the Star matrix, as a model to depict objects and structures in individual consciousness. It uses numbers as symbolic portrayals of figure representations in psychological space, and then explores whether a computation of similarity among these representations reasonably reflects the structures in mental life. Participants were 66 adolescents. Q correlation was used to measure structural similarities among significant others and acquaintances. This was compared to participants' rank-ordering of acquaintances according to perceived similarity with a significant other. US1I1g idiographic–nomothetic methods, it was found that there was a fair convergence of the structural measure with participants' perception. Analysis of participants' essays further showed that the structural measure was meaningful to a subject when congruence was high between the Q and participants' perception.