Operationalization of the Independent Variables and Additional Operational Definitions

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Are women offenders more successfully rehabilitated when participating in a gender-response program versus a traditional-gender specific program? Operationalization of the Independent Variables The independent variable for this study is also called the control group. This is the group against which the dependent variable will be measured. This study compares the responses of two groups of participants, with the only difference between the two groups being the after-care program in which they are enrolled. The traditional-gender specific program was chosen as the independent variable due to its length of existence, compared to the gender-response program, which is the newer of the two programs (Clark, 2009). Recidivism rates for those participating in the traditional-gender specific after-care program will serve as the independent variable. Recidivism rates will be measured one year after completion of the after-care program. Recidivism rates will be calculated for the total number of inmates who participated in the traditional-gender specific program during the dates set for conduct of the initial phases of the study. Operationalization of the Dependent Variables The dependent variable entails examination of records concerning recidivism rates for those participating in the gender-response after-care program. As with the traditional gender-specific program recidivism rates will be measured one year after completion of the after-care program. The same data
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