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.
by Christos Giannoulis, PhD
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.
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?
In RELIABILITY, the SPSS command for running a Cronbach’s alpha, the only options for Missing Data [Read more…] about Computing Cronbach’s Alpha in SPSS with Missing Data