ERIC Number: ED382676
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
The Use of Second-Order Factor Analysis in Psychological Research.
Thomas, Linda A.
This paper conceptually explains higher-order factor analysis and methods for interpretation. A review of first-order factor analysis is presented that provides the foundation for the summary of second-order factor analysis. Higher order factors are derived from the correlations between the lower-level factors. An example study is provided to make the discussion concrete and to assist in understanding interpretation of higher-order factor analysis. The heuristic example involves a study of time orientation among students completing a measure of attitudes and beliefs thought related to time perspective. The computer program SECONDOR is used to identify first-order factors and second-order factors. The use of higher-order factor analysis allows researchers to examine data from different levels and perspectives. Two tables and two figures illustrate the discussion. (Contains 14 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Second Order Effects; SECONDOR Computer Program
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association (San Antonio, TX, April 13, 1995).