Lactation Consultant Exam Prep

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Which of the following is an independent variable?
  1. Levels of postnatal stress (relating multiple births)
  2. One-to-one teaching (and the effect of this teaching on maternal attachment)
  3. Perceived knowledge levels (after an educational class on latching techniques)
  4. Compliance levels (after a class on the importance of completing the entire antibiotic regimen)
Answer: B - One-to-one teaching is an example of an independent variable. For example, a lactation consultant may give a one-to-one teaching session to some clients and a group class for other clients and compare the results. The researcher will then attempt to determine if one of these two groups has higher levels of maternal attachment. The other choices are dependent or effect variables.
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