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Posted by on Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at 3:01pm.

What is the independent variable in this scenario:

A research Psychologist is working in a federal prison and is asked to asses this new program. From 70 inmate volunteers, the psychologist randomly assigns 45 inmate volunteers to three groups: group A, group B, and group C.

  • Psychology - , Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at 3:05pm

    You havent gotten to the variables yet.

  • Psychology - , Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at 3:35pm

    Continuing...

    Group A gets the life skills training for 2 days. Group B meet at the same time and they plan their own activities. Group C takes part in the prison program. At the end of 12 weeks, all three groups are assessed on their ability to solve personal and interpersonal problem by responding by writing to a number of problem scenarios presented to them.

  • Psychology - , Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at 3:38pm

    independent variable: type of life skill program taken

  • Psychology - , Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at 3:50pm

    So, the type of life skill program is the independent variable of this scenario? Can you please explain more as to why?

    The dependent variable is assessing the effectiveness of the new life skills program in promoting problem solving skills.

  • Psychology - , Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at 3:51pm

    Aren't the variables the same though?

  • Psychology - , Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at 5:16pm

    An independent variable is the potential stimulus or cause, usually directly manipulated by the experimenter, so it could also be called a manipulative variable.

    A dependent variable is the response or measure of results.

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