I am interested in understanding the accuracy of individuals' reports of social affiliation. I use a sociometric procedure
where I ask children to name the children they "hang around with". I supply participants with a complete roster of the children in
their grade at school, and allow an unlimited number of nominations.
Can anyone describe related research (other than that cited in Wassermann & Faust, p. 57) that has examined the reliability/ accuracy
of this type of data collection methodology? Also, any information about the reliability/ accuracy of data collected by asking individuals
about the affiliation patterns of others (e.g., "tell me who hangs around together") would be most appreciated.
Thanks in advance.