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Chapter 4

Chapter 4

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Department
Psychology
Course
PSYC 2360
Professor
Mark Fenske
Semester
Winter

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Chapter 4Measures Fundamentals of MeasurementConceptual variables are the ideas that form the basis of a research hypothesisie selfesteem parenting style depression and cognitive developmentMeasurement involves turning conceptual variables into measured variables which consists of numbers that represent the conceptual variablesfrequently referred to as measures of the conceptual variablesOperational definitions refer to a precise statement of how a conceptual variable is turned into a measured variablein some cases it may be too vague to be operationalized and in other causes the variable cannot be operationalized because the appropriate technology has not been developedMultiple possible measures represent a great advantage to researchersno single operational definition of a given conceptual variable can be considered the best different types of measures may be more appropriate in different research contexts the ability to use different operationalizations of the same conceptual variable allows the researcher to hone in or triangulate on the conceptual variable of interestBasic assumption involved in testing research hypotheses if the research hypotheses is correct and if the measured variables are adequate then a relationship between the two measured variables will be observedMeasured variables can be divided into nominal variables used to name or identify a particular characteristic
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