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Factor Retention in EFA: Strategies for Health Behavior Researchers

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Objective : To provide readers with information on various techniques to improve future health behavior EFA research.

Methods : Data from a health education questionnaire development study are analyzed to make the discussion of techniques concrete.

Results : There are numerous strategies to use when making a factor retention decision.

Conclusions : The informed health-behavior researcher should use sophisticated factor retention techniques during EFAs.

Keywords: eigenvalues; exploratory factor analysis; research methods; statistics

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1 Assistant Professor, Department of Health Promotion, Coastal Carolina University, Conway, SC.

Publication date: September 1, 2009

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  • The American Journal of Health Behavior seeks to improve the quality of life through multidisciplinary health efforts in fostering a better understanding of the multidimensional nature of both individuals and social systems as they relate to health behaviors.

    The Journal aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of the impact of personal attributes, personality characteristics, behavior patterns, social structure, and processes on health maintenance, health restoration, and health improvement; to disseminate knowledge of holistic, multidisciplinary approaches to designing and implementing effective health programs; and to showcase health behavior analysis skills that have been proven to affect health improvement and recovery.

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