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A REANALYSIS OF THE HIGHER-ORDER FACTOR STRUCTURE OF THE MOTIVATION ANALYSIS TEST AND THE 8 STATE QUESTIONNAIRE

GJ BOYLE

PERSONALITY AND INDIVIDUAL DIFFERENCES | PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 1985

Abstract

In an exploratory study of the higher-order factor structure of the Motivation Analysis Test (MAT) and the Eight State Questionnaire (8SQ), Boyle (1983c) obtained an 11-factor solution comprising 9 second-order MAT factors and 2 higher-order 8SQ factors. However, application of more conservative criteria regarding the size of significant factor pattern loadings, significance of derived factors, together with reinterpretation of the appropriate Scree 'break', suggest that in Boyle's earlier analysis 2 factors too many were extracted. Recalculation of the factor pattern for the MAT (using 8SQ data as 'hyperplane stuff') supports the view that 7 rather than 9 second-order MAT factors were appro..

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