Term sometimes used for Predictor variable when looking at the relationship with a Dependent variable. Not a good term as it can be read as implying that the variable is “independent” of others when it’s precisely that it might not be independent of the dependent variable (!) that is being explored. Generally also multiple predictor variables will not be independent of each other, for example, if we are looking at whether gender and age are related to baseline CORE-OM scores we may well find that in our clinic sample age and gender are systematically associated: quite often women present for therapy younger than men at least for first therapy contacts. Definitely a term to avoid.
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