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ERIC Number: EJ935629
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Aug
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 98
ISSN: ISSN-0734-2829
Current Methodological Considerations in Exploratory and Confirmatory Factor Analysis
Schmitt, Thomas A.
Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, v29 n4 p304-321 Aug 2011
Researchers must make numerous choices when conducting factor analyses, each of which can have significant ramifications on the model results. They must decide on an appropriate sample size to achieve accurate parameter estimates and adequate power, a factor model and estimation method, a method for determining the number of factors and evaluating model fit, and a rotation criterion. Unfortunately, researchers continue to use outdated methods in each of these areas. The present article provides a current overview of these areas in an effort to provide researchers with up-to-date methods and considerations in both exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis. A demonstration was provided to illustrate current approaches. Choosing between confirmatory and exploratory methods is also discussed, as researchers often make incorrect assumptions about the application of each. (Contains 17 notes and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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