Exploratory Factor Analysis: A Users’Guide

Authors

  • Eamonn Ferguson,

    1. Eamonn Ferguson and Tom Cox, Centre for Organizational Health & Development, Department of Psychology, University of Nottingham, University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RD, UK.
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  • Tom Cox

    1. Eamonn Ferguson and Tom Cox, Centre for Organizational Health & Development, Department of Psychology, University of Nottingham, University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RD, UK.
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Abstract

In 1978, Comrey wrote a guide to factor analysis in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. This paper provides an update of the information given by Comrey in relation to exploratory factor analysis (EFA) for work and organizational psychologists, and particularly those involved with test development, interpretation and validation. In doing so, it offers a user's guide to contemporary methods and available techniques and introduces heuristics for dealing with problems of skew and kurtosis, social desirability response set, and factor naming.

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