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ERIC Number: ED449227
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Feb-3
Pages: 53
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A Meta-Analytic Review of Exploratory Factor Analysis Reporting Practices in Published Research.
Henson, Robin K.; Roberts, J. Kyle
The appropriate use of exploratory factor analysis (EFA) necessitates thoughtful researcher judgment concerning a number of analytic decisions. This paper reviews some of the fundamental decisions necessary to conduct an EFA and examines reporting practice in published research across four journals. In general, insufficient information was given in published applications of EFA (n=60) to allow external verification of the results. Researchers often used poor strategies to determine the number of factors to retain. In one-third of the cases, a confirmatory factor analysis was warranted rather than EFA. Other errors in reporting and practice were noted. Several recommendations for improved EFA reporting practice are given. (Contains 4 tables and 105 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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