cated, in part because the relevant concepts are poorly developed, and in part because researchers’ aims vary widely across studies. Operationalization answers questions such as: “How do we measure this or that aspect of mistreatment?” or “How will we know whether we should count this as a case of mistreatment?” Ideally, operationalization leads to the development of a set of criteria for answering this question and a process by which these criteria can be applied in the field—the measurement method.
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