Theory Development

4. Prediction vs. Explanation

Exercise 2

Determine whether each of the concepts below is explanatory or predictive for an increased risk of teen pregnancy and drag and drop each into the appropriate box.

The user can select the ‘How did I do’ button.

This exercise provides the users with several concepts and asks them to determine whether each is explanatory or predictive.

The concepts are: Race, Has an STD, Feels close to boyfriend, Is sexually active, Friends’ attitudes to pregnancy, Smoking


  • Race (predictive)
  • Has an STD (predictive)
  • Smoking (predictive)
  • Is sexually active (explanatory)
  • Feels close to boyfriend (explanatory)
  • Friends' attitudes to pregnancy (explanatory)