Factor model of parenting style using exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis

Sohail Chand, Ahmad Ali Farooqi, Maryam F. Munir

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This research attempts to address a paradox in the literature involving the parenting style of North Americans. Recently, there has been recognition in the literature that there are several facets to parental influences on children. A subset of data set from National Longitudinal Survey 97, prepared by the Bureau of Labour Statistics, U.S. Department of Labour is used to study the parenting style with exploratory factor analysis (EFA) and Confirmatory factor analysis (CFA). Three factors (latent construct) parental monitoring, parental closeness and parental control related to parental style will be used to analyze. The main objective is to specify how many factors to retain in EFA and to explore the possible underlying factor structure of a set of observed variables without imposing a preconceived structure on the outcome. Once the underlying factor structure is identified, CFA technique is used to test the fit of model to parenting style data. It is hypothesized that 2 or 3 factors are sufficient for this data and there is no common factor. The results of the analysis proposed that the 3 factor model with modification is the best model for factoring parental style.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1028-1033
Number of pages6
JournalMiddle East Journal of Scientific Research
Issue number7
StatePublished - 2013


  • Factor analysis
  • Factor model
  • Parenting style


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