## 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

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

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