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The reliance of reliability estimates on the base rate of the state or trait in the sample has long been known; however, it is sometimes forgotten or ignored in evaluation of the psychometric properties of measures. 4 and higher), as is typically the case with more normally distributed variables, for example, some personality variables. However, the problem is particularly relevant to clinical constructs: depression, affect, caregiver burden, behavior disorder, cognitive impairment, and many chronic illnesses.
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