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    If anxiety and depression are correlated, what three possible directions of causality might explain this correlation? Please explain.


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    Hi there,

    The three possible directions of causality that may explain the correlation between anxiety and depression are as follows:

    1. Anxiety causes depression.

    2. Depression causes anxiety.

    3. Something else causes both depression and anxiety.

    If we think about the variables anxiety and depression as X and Y, the causality statements would look like this:

    1. X causes Y.

    2. Y causes X.

    3. Something else causes both X and Y.

    Please be aware that correlation ...

    Solution Summary

    This solution outlines the three possible direction of causality for two specific variables (anxiety and depression). An example is included to outline the differences between correlation and causation. 315 words.