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With CFA, is it a problem if a loading exceeds 1?

What does it mean to have a loading greater than 1?

What steps should be taken to deal with it, if nothing is amiss with the variable itself?

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  • $\begingroup$ Not necessarily--are you looking at an unstandardized estimate of the loading? $\endgroup$ – jsakaluk Jun 28 '16 at 20:45
  • $\begingroup$ Thank you for your response. The loadings are standardized. $\endgroup$ – R G Jun 29 '16 at 21:53
  • $\begingroup$ See stats.stackexchange.com/q/266304/3277, although that question is primarily about EFA, it is valid in some respects to CFA as well. $\endgroup$ – ttnphns Mar 13 '17 at 6:21
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Unstandardized loadings can be greated than 1. You can understand its meaning by looking at Z value (estimate / std error). Depends on the software you use, you should also be able to easily report the standardized loadings.

Standardized loadings should not be greater than 1, it isn't mathematically possible.

Maybe post some codes about what you did, and people can help you figure it out.

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