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date: 29 October 2020

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An integrated personality and social psychology needs to take into account different levels of analysis by definition. In both disciplines, it is widely accepted that personality and the social context affect social behavior and that social behavior, in turn, also informs us about personality. The challenge for an integrated personality and social psychology is to simultaneously analyze the complex relations between the different levels of analysis for both theoretical and statistical reasons. Innovations in statistical analysis have made it possible to simultaneously take into account different levels of analysis This chapter reviews the basics and recent advances in multilevel modeling to develop a framework of multilevel analyses for an integrated personality and social psychology and to illustrate the importance of multilevel modeling for theory development and testing using examples from research on personality and social behavior.

Keywords: integrated personality and social psychology, multilevel modeling, multilevel random coefficient model, multilevel framework, multilevel theory

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