Combining Parallel and Exploratory Factor Analysis in Identifying Relationship Scales in Secondary Data

Nathan D. Wood, Djidjoho C. Akloubou Gnonhosou, Justin W. Bowling

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Abstract

Common methods used in the literature to identify factors within exploratory factor analysis have been shown to be potentially problematic. This brief report illustrates a state of the art approach in identifying factor structure by adding parallel analysis before exploratory factor analysis. Parallel analysis enables researchers to have a high degree of confidence of the number of factors to extract before exploratory factor analysis. The procedure is illustrated by using items from the National Survey of Families and Households used to identify relationship scales.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)385-395
Number of pages11
JournalMarriage and Family Review
Volume51
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 4 2015

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Keywords

  • National Survey of Households and Families
  • exploratory factor analysis
  • marital quality
  • parallel analysis
  • relationship adjustment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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