Friday, August 20, 2010

Consideration of future consequences

Consideration of future consequences scale: Confirmatory Factor Analysis

D. Hevey, M. Pertl, K. Thomas, L. Maher, A. Craig and S. Ni Chuinneagain

Trinity College Dublin, Dublin 2, Ireland

Personality and Individual Differences
Volume 48, Issue 5, April 2010, Pages 654-657


Individual differences in the Consideration of Future Consequences (CFC) are typically assessed using the 12-item scale developed by Strathman, Gleicher, Boninger, and Edwards (1994). However, in contrast to the unidimensional model proposed by the scale developers, recent factor analyses have produced two-dimensional models of the scale. Confirmatory factor analyses were used in this study to evaluate different 1- and 2-factor models based on data provided by 590 (236 males, 354 females) young adult members of the general public. Although some alternative models showed promise, the 12-item single factor model with method effects associated with positively and negatively worded items provided best fit. Implications for the assessment of CFC are considered.

Keywords: Consideration of future consequences; Confirmatory Factor Analysis; Method effects

1 comment:

Liam Delaney said...

Purely off the top of my head but we have used CFC a lot and my sense is that there is not a factor structure to it and that also it would not matter that much if you used a shorter version. We have made various fits and starts at writing up something on this and we should really do something as we have asked CFC in several surveys at this stage.