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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.

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    You havent gotten to the variables yet.

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    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.

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    independent variable: type of life skill program taken

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    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.

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    Aren't the variables the same though?

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    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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