Construct

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A devised concept, a statement, or set of statements that helps to logically explain why there is variation in the results of one's measuring instrument from the expected or usual results. A construct represents indirect inferences (thus a hypothetical construct) about unmeasured or unmeasurable relationships, variables, or entities that are believed to have a real existence and contribute to shaping specific public behavioral events, i.e., those events that are supposedly observable via a measuring device or accounted for by a theory. Some examples of constructs are George Herbert Mead's the "me" and "I," status, role, motivation, and the mind.


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