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Confirmatory Factor Analysis

Donna Harrington


Measures that are reliable, valid, and can be used across diverse populations are vital to social work research, but the development of new measures is an expensive and time-consuming process. An array of existing measures can provide a cost-effective alternative, but in order to take this expedient step with confidence, researchers must ensure that the existing measure is appropriate for the new study. Confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) is one of the ways to do so. CFA has four primary functions—psychometric evaluation of measures, construct validation, testing method effects, and testing mea ... More

Keywords: CFA model, model specification, model fit, model revision, multiple groups, multilevel models, data considerations, psychometric evaluation, construct validation, testing method effects

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780195339888
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195339888.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Donna Harrington, author
The University Of Maryland School Of Social Work