A social variable is a measurable factor that influences social outcomes. These can influence the results of social research such that they may need to be controlled as an extraneous variable. For example, if your research finds that smokers are more likely to become pregnant, this would be unlikely to be a causal relationship such that some other variable that is positively correlated to smoking may be a better explanation. The following are common examples of social variables.
Country of Birth
Lifestyle / Habits (e.g. smoking, exercise etc...)
Location of Residence (e.g. zip code)
Political Memberships / Views
Residential Status (e.g. home ownership)
Urban / Rural Residence
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