# Re: Factor Analysis Question

Richard Bell (rcbell@rubens.its.unimelb.edu.au)
Mon, 21 Jun 1999 08:32:36 +1000

Jonathan,

a factor. A negative loading means the construct has a reverse relationship
correlation matrix, there ought to be some negative correlations between
the constructs that relate to the factor you are considering. So if 'spends
money' has a negative loading there are probably other constructs (such as
inversely related to 'spends money'

Richard

At 06:10 18/06/99 -0400, you wrote:
>Hello everyone. I am using the paper and pencil rep grid to get a better
>understanding of how high medium and low procrastinators describe their
>academic tasks. In order to run a factor analysis, I am getting
>participants to indicate with a tick, the more negative of the
>constructs and then to rate how that construct applies to each academic
>task. When I run the factor analysis, I (obviously)
>label the grouping of constructs (i.e., to supply a label to each the
>cluster of constructs), I was wondering how I should tell them to
>"needs to be done" and "spend money" as the pair of constructs that
>emerged when we asked her how two of the three tasks were alike and one
>different. She then labelled 'spend money' as being the more negative of
>the two then rated that construct against all the academic tasks. In the
>factor analysis, 'spend money' loaded negatively on factor one. How would I
>tell her to interpret this construct? Would I tell her to think of what
>the opposite of spending money is or would I just scrap the 'spending
>money' construct and replace it with 'needs to be done' when showing her
>the list of words that loaded on factor 1? I hope I have not confused
>anyone. Thanks for you help in advance.
>
>-jl
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