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ERIC Number: ED379349
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Oct
Pages: 19
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The Second-Order Factor Structure of the 16 PF: A Four Factor Solution.
Marth, Joseph R.; Newman, Isadore
A review of the research into the second-order factor structure of the 16 Personality Factor Questionnaire (16 PF) indicates disagreement about the number and meaning of the second-order factors. However, repeated analyses of the second-order factor structure have consistently found fewer than the eight factors suggested by Catell (1973) and the Institute for Personality and Ability Testing (IPAT) (1972). This research extended knowledge in this area by investigating the second-order factor structure of the 16 PF and comparing the results to those found in previous studies. The sample consisted of 2,225 individuals who applied to the college of education of a large university who took the 16 PF as part of admissions requirements. Results yielded a four-factor solution, one of the smallest factor solutions yet obtained. These findings are more consistent with previously reported five-factor solutions and the five second-order factors common to five personality questionnaires than with the eight-factor solution of Catell and IPAT. Ten tables present study findings. (Contains 15 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Sixteen Personality Factor Questionnaire