Evaluating the use of exploratory factor analysis in psychological research.

  title={Evaluating the use of exploratory factor analysis in psychological research.},
  author={Leandre R. Fabrigar and Duane T. Wegener and Robert C. MacCallum and Erin J. Strahan},
  journal={Psychological Methods},
Despite the widespread use of exploratory factor analysis in psychological research, researchers often make questionable decisions when conducting these analyses. This article reviews the major design and analytical decisions that must be made when conducting a factor analysis and notes that each of these decisions has important consequences for the obtained results. Recommendations that have been made in the methodological literature are discussed. Analyses of 3 existing empirical data sets… 

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