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Contents

CHAPTER 1: Introductory Factor-Analysis Concepts

  • The Goals of Factor Analysis
  • A Conceptual Introduction to the Common Factor Model
  • A Graphical Depiction of the Common Factor Model
  • A Simple Mathematical Introduction to the Common Factor Model
  • Chapter Summary and Book Overview

CHAPTER 2: Requirements for and Decisions in Choosing Exploratory Common-Factor Analysis

  • Is EFA Suitable for the Research Question?
  • Are the Data Suitable for Factor Analysis?
  • Properties of the Measured Variables
  • Is an Exploratory or Confirmatory Approach Most Appropriate?
  • The Common Factor Model or Principal Component Model?
  • Summary

CHAPTER 3: Requirements and Decisions for Implementing Exploratory Common-Factor Analysis

  • Choosing a Method of Fitting the Common Factor Model
  • Determining the Appropriate Number of Common Factors
  • Rotating Factor Analysis Solutions
  • Concluding Comments

CHAPTER 4: Factor-Analysis Assumptions

  • Assumptions Underlying the Common Factor Model
  • Assumptions Related to Model Fitting Procedures
  • Summary and Conclusions

CHAPTER 5: Implementing and Interpreting Exploratory Factor Analysis

  • Context for the Analysis: Pre-Analysis Decisions
  • Example Research Question and Measures
  • Conducting the Analysis: Implementation of EFA
  • Concluding Comments

CHAPTER 6: Summary, Conclusions, and Recommendations

  • Understanding the Common Factor Model
  • Determining if Exploratory Factor Analysis is Appropriate
  • Decisions in Conducting Exploratory Factor Analysis
  • Assumptions Underlying the Common Factor Model and Fitting Procedures
  • Implementing and Interpreting EFA
  • Concluding Thoughts
  • Recommended Readings and Supplementary Programs


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