ERIC Number: ED395040
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Jan-25
Reference Count: N/A
A Primer on Confirmatory Factor Analysis.
Gillaspy, James Arthur, Jr.
This introduction to confirmatory factor analysis presents an overview of its basic concepts and processes. Conventional factor analysis can be described as set of analytic techniques designed to examine the covariance structure of a set of variables and to provide an explanation of the relationships among those variables in terms of a smaller number of unobserved latent variables called factors. Confirmatory factor analysis offers the researcher a more viable method for evaluating construct validity than conventional (exploratory) factor analysis. In confirmatory factor analysis, a model positing the number and composition of the factors is determined prior to the analysis and tested against the data in hand. The basic procedures are illustrated through the confirmatory factor analysis of the Bem Sex-Role Inventory (BSRI) conducted by T. C. Campbell, J. A. Gillaspy, and B. Thompson (in press). An appendix presents an annotated LISREL Syntax File for the BSRI. (Contains 1 figure, 3 tables, and 24 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Bem Sex Role Inventory; Confirmatory Factor Analysis; Covariance Structural Analysis
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southwest Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, January 25-27, 1996).