Cronbach's alpha

One of the Many Advantages to Running Confirmatory Factor Analysis with a Structural Equation Model

February 23rd, 2020 by

Based on questions I’ve been asked by clients, most analysts prefer using the factor analysis procedures in their general statistical software to run a confirmatory factor analysis.

While this can work in some situations, you’re losing out on some key information you’d get from a structural equation model. This article highlights one of these.


Life After Exploratory Factor Analysis: Estimating Internal Consistency

June 25th, 2018 by

After you are done with the odyssey of exploratory factor analysis (aka a reliable and valid instrument)…you may find yourself at the beginning of a journey rather than the ending.

The process of performing exploratory factor analysis usually seeks to answer whether a given set of items form a coherent factor (or often several factors). If you decide on the number and type of factors, the next step is to evaluate how well those factors are measured.


Computing Cronbach’s Alpha in SPSS with Missing Data

July 16th, 2010 by

I recently received this question:

I have scale which I want to run Chronbach’s alpha on.  One response category for all items is ‘not applicable’. I want to run  Chronbach’s alpha requiring that at least 50% of the items must be answered for the scale to be defined.  Where this is the case then I want all missing values on that scale replaced by the average of the non-missing items on that scale. Is this reasonable? How would I do this in SPSS?

My Answer:

In RELIABILITY, the SPSS command for running a Cronbach’s alpha, the only options for Missing Data (more…)