Case Study: Breakthrough Anxiety in On-the-Job Training

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The dependent variable is the variable that is produced by the manipulations of the independent variable by the experimenters. As competency increases (the independent variable) anxiety (the dependent variable) decreases. The assumptions of the researchers are that anxiety is an effect rather than a cause of incompetence. There is also an assumption that competency increases as one works longer at a particular job.
Q3. The assumptions of the case study, however, have a different determination of the independent and dependent variables. In the case model, anxiety is the independent variable (manipulated by the experimenters) and competency is the dependent variable. Their hypothesis is that if you reduce worker anxiety, competency increases. This is in some ways a more satisfactory method of positing the relationship from an employer's point of view, given that it can be difficult to accelerate competency, given that competency often comes only with time. Reducing anxiety, in contrast, can theoretically be accomplished in the relatively compressed anxiety-management program suggested by the study's constructors.
Q5. However, the research as presented in Exhibit IV provides rather tenuous support for the claim that the individuals who took the class primarily had their competency enhanced because of the anti-anxiety course they took. First of all, the experimental and control groups were both relatively small. Proving…

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