An 11 page paper. A scenario is presented wherein parents of middle school students believe the sex education program promotes and encourages promiscuity. The writer is designing a study to determine the effects of the program. Sections include: the hypothesis, dependent and independent variables, method description, internal validity, sample population, data collection, types of measurement validity, example of Likert and semantic differential questions, ethical considerations, external validity and how data is to be analysis. Bibliography lists 1 source.
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hired to evaluate the program to determine effects on students. 1. Hypothesis Playing devils advocate, writer states the hypothesis as: Middle School sex education program encourages promiscuity. At this
grade level, promiscuity is defined as any sexual activity in which the student engages. [Middle school is comprised of grades 6 through 8). 2. Dependent & Independent Variables The
independent variable is promiscuity. The dependent variable is the sex education program. 3. Operationalize each Variable Operationism is an assumption that the involved constructs may be observed or
measured. An operational definition specifies how any variable will be measured. Operational definitions are not 100 percent accurate. In this case, promiscuity must be operationalized because the word is loaded
with different meanings to different people. Four degrees of promiscuity will be defined, taking into consideration that the subject population are students in middle school and are, thus, between the
ages of 11 through 13. The three degrees of promiscuity are defined as: 1. Low: includes kissing and touching sexual zones on the outside of clothing. 2. Moderate: includes the
above but touching is on the skin. 3. High: student has had sexual intercourse with one partner. 4. Extreme: student has had sexual intercourse with more than one partner.
4. Diagram Design and Describe Method All students will respond to a questionnaire designed to elicit the sexual experiences of students in a specific middle school. The questionnaire will be
designed in collaboration with experts in questionnaire development. The questionnaire will then be reviewed by social workers and psychologists who work with children between the ages of 11 and 13
to determine the degree of face validity. The questionnaire will then be field-tested on a third but small group of middle school students. Permission forms from parents are required