CONFIRMATORY FACTOR ANALYSIS OF THE CONFORMITY TO FEMININE NORMS INVENTORY AND DEVELOPMENT OF AN ABBREVIATED VERSION: THE CFNI-45

Authors


  • Mike C. Parent and Bonnie Moradi, Department of Psychology, University of Florida.

  • We thank Lisa Seymour for assistance with data collection.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to: Mike C. Parent, Department of Psychology, University of Florida, P.O. Box 112250, Gainesville, FL 32611-2250. E-mail: michael.parent@ufl.edu

Abstract

The present study undertakes the first factor analysis of the Conformity to Feminine Norms Inventory (CFNI) conducted since the instrument's development. Confirmatory factor analysis using data from 243 women offered mixed support for the original 84-item CFNI structure and pointed to ways to modify the structure and reduce the length of the measure; these modifications resulted in the nine-factor CFNI-45. The CFNI-45 demonstrates superior data-model fit and comparable reliability coefficients relative to the original form of the measure. The CFNI-45 subscales also yielded high correlations with corresponding original form subscales, supporting use of the CFNI-45 as an efficient measure of the original constructs. Potential uses of the CFNI-45 in research and practice that address the role of feminine gender-role conformity in women's experiences are discussed.

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