Exploratory Factor Analysis by Leandre R. FabrigarExploratory Factor Analysis by Leandre R. Fabrigar

Exploratory Factor Analysis

byLeandre R. Fabrigar, Duane T. Wegener

Paperback | December 5, 2011

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Exploratory Factor Analysis (EFA) has played a major role in research conducted in the social sciences for more than 100 years, dating back to the pioneering work of Spearman on mental abilities. Since that time, EFA has become one of the most commonly used quantitative methods in many of thesocial sciences, including psychology, business, sociology, education, political science, and communications. To a lesser extent, it has also been utilized within the physical and biological sciences. Despite its long and widespread usage in many domains, numerous aspects of the underlying theoryand application of EFA are poorly understood by researchers. Indeed, perhaps no widely used quantitative method requires more decisions on the part of a researcher and offers as wide an array of procedural options as EFA does. This book provides a non-mathematical introduction to the underlying theory of EFA and reviews the key decisions that must be made in its implementation. Among the issues discussed are the use of confirmatory versus exploratory factor analysis, the use of principal components analysis versus commonfactor analysis, procedures for determining the appropriate number of factors, and methods for rotating factor solutions. Explanations and illustrations of the application of different factor analytic procedures are provided for analyses using common statistical packages (SPSS and SAS), as well as afree package available on the web (Comprehensive Exploratory Factor Analysis). In addition, practical instructions are provided for conducting a number of useful factor analytic procedures not included in the statistical packages.
Leandre R. Fabrigar is Associate Professor of Psychology at Queen's University. His research has been supported by grants from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and the Ontario Problem Gambling Research Centre. Duane T. Wegener is Professor of Psychology at the Ohio S...
Title:Exploratory Factor AnalysisFormat:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 0.12 × 0.12 × 0.12 inPublished:December 5, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199734178

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Table of Contents

1. Introductory Factor Analysis Concepts2. Requirements for and Decisions in Choosing Exploratory Common Factor Analysis3. Requirements and Decisions for Implementing Exploratory Common Factor Analysis4. Factor Analysis Assumptions5. Implementing and Interpreting Exploratory Factor Analysis6. Summary, Conclusions, and Recommendations