I have a data set of 3784 participants (no missing data) who answered 16 General Human papillomavirus (a disease) knowledge items. As an example (HPV is rare) These items were asked as true, false and I don't know. I want to examine how many factors should be retained. I conducted an exploratory factor analysis (see below).
My results indicate 1 factor (by looking at eigenvalues >1, and the scree plot). This is great, as we were hoping for unidimensionality of this scale
I am wondering if I should try a rotation ? I believe a rotation is not appropriate since I have 1 factor
Since all of your values fall into one of 3 categories, PROC FACTOR may not be your best choice for analysis. Take a look at PROC CORRESP for correspondence analysis, and in particular, you might find Example 34.1 Simple and Multipple Correspondence Analysis of Automobiles and Their Owners as a good analogy to your data.
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