In Search of Underlying Dimensions: The Use (and Abuse) of Factor Analysis in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin

  title={In Search of Underlying Dimensions: The Use (and Abuse) of Factor Analysis in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin},
  author={Daniel W Russell},
  journal={Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin},
  pages={1629 - 1646}
  • D. Russell
  • Published 1 December 2002
  • Psychology
  • Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin
An examination of the use of exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis by researchers publishing in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin over the previous 5 years is presented, along with a review of recommended methods based on the recent statistical literature. In the case of exploratory factor analysis, an examination and recommendations concerning factor extraction procedures, sample size, number of measured variables, determining the number of factors to extract, factor rotation… 
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