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Research Development Worksheet

Part I

A construct is a concept, idea, or condition requiring study. The following table provides information on either a construct, scale of measurement, or justification of how the scale of measurement measures a construct. Complete the blank cells. In those rows that are missing a specific construct, look up the method of measurement and identify what construct you believe is being measured. Within the empty cells in column two, find a popular way that each construct is measured, such as a scale, questionnaire, survey, and so on. In column three, provide a justification for what is being measured. In the last row of this table, choose one construct on your own and fill in the remaining columns. All of the constructs and scales of measurement chosen can be identified using any search engine.

Construct

Scale/Method of Measurement

Justification

Depression

Beck Depression Inventory

Anxiety

Instrument measures two specific types of anxiety, state and trait anxiety, and their effects on everyday functioning.

Stress

Measure of diastolic and systolic blood pressure

Trauma

Instrument measures symptoms of distress and other symptoms that have been identified within the research literature that are commonly found in individuals with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Marital Satisfaction

ENRICH: Marital Satisfaction Scale

Achievement

Woodcock–Johnson Tests of Achievement, Third Edition

Intelligence

Stanford Binet Intelligence Scale, Fifth Edition

Part II

Choose two constructs from the list. Develop a research question using the information you have developed (such as “How does sunlight affect depression?”).

In 200 to 350 words, discuss why it is necessary to operationalize variables for the purpose of research.

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