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Operational definitions specify, in measurable terms, how we are defining key constructs.

1. What are two different operational definitions for stress? Provide a critique of each definition

Operational definitions specify how you could measure or identify whether someone is stressed at work:

1. What are operational definitions for the variables "stress at work" and "family conflict at home"?

2. What type of association is proposed between these variables (i.e., positive linear negative linear, curvilinear)? In other words, how are these two variables related to one another based on the stated hypothesis?

3. Which variable is the independent/predictor variable and which is the dependent/outcome variable based on the stated hypothesis?

4. How could a study by designed using experimental methods to test the hypothesis that stress at work causes family conflict at home?

5. How might a researcher investigate this hypothesis using the correlational (nonexperimental) method? Address the problem of determining cause and effect

6. What factors might be considered in deciding whether to use the experimental or correlational approach to study the association between work stress and family conflict?

7. What is one possible alternative explanation or confounding variable that may be related to stress at work and family conflict at home? In other words, what else might account for the dependent variable that is separate from the independent variable?) Select a variable other than SES/income

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The two different operational definitions for stress are determined. Operational definitions for the variables "stress at work" and "family conflict at home" are determined.

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1. What are two different operational definitions for stress? Provide a critique of each definition
Operational definitions specify how you could measure or identify whether someone is stressed at work:

I will provide an operational definition for stress based upon commonly used interpretations of the definition of stress, one definition entails a coping mechanism that allows or complicates the human being's ability to adapt to social stimuli that causes pressure and induces emotions such as fear, anger, hopelessness, etc. while in a work environment. Under this definition, a person could be identified as being under stress if they are overly agitated and exhibiting emotive characteristics that express fear and anger in an otherwise normal employee who doesn't have these same emotions at work when not under stress.

The next definition that will be used is any situation wherein a person's sense of mental health, physical health, and overall well-being is threatened or there exists the belief that these important health variables are threatened because of scenarios that overstretch the person's ability to cope. An employee that has been given a deadline without the proper budget, team, and resources, would be in an environment that taxes their ability to cope with these circumstances, which could cause them to exhibit stressful characteristics such as those that damage their health and cause depression, anxiety, and other stress characterstics.

1. What are operational definitions for the variables "stress at work" and "family conflict at home"?

The operational definition for stress at work would be those mentioned above wherein the situation threatens the employees' ability to cope with the scenario and induces any characteristics of stress. Family conflict would be represent any situation wherein family issues tax the person's ability to cope with the circumstances while inducing fear, anger, anxiety, and other unhealthy health conditions.

2. What type of association is ...

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