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Date:         Tue, 1 Apr 2003 20:25:23 +0100
Reply-To:     Jeremy Miles <>
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From:         Jeremy Miles <>
Subject:      Re: Negative Coeeficient Alphas
Comments: To: Spencer Baker <>
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Negative alphas are theoretically impossible, as alpha is a proportion of variance. This most commonly occurs when you have failed to reverse some items that should have been reversed.


At 14:20 01/04/2003 -0500, Spencer Baker wrote: >I am using an instrument that has lower level scales and an overall scale. >It was originally created for adults and I am using it with a much younger >population to compare. I am receiving some low and negative coefficient >alphas at the lower level scales but the overall scales are in the .70s. > >Is there an article that discusses this phenomenon? It is a small sample >(N=151) so far. > >TIA > >Spencer

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