Whether or not importance should be placed on an all-encompassing general factor of psychopathology (or p-factor) in classifying, researching, diagnosing and treating psychiatric disorders depends (amongst other issues) on the extent to which co-morbidity is symptom-general rather than staying largely within the confines of narrower trans-diagnostic factors such as internalising and externalising. In this study we compared three methods of estimating p-factor strength. We compared omega hierarchical and ECV calculated from CFA bi-factor models with maximum likelihood (ML) estimation, from ESEM/EFA models with a bifactor rotation, and from BSEM bi-factor models. Our simulation results suggested that BSEM with small variance priors on secondary may be the preferred option. However, CFA with ML also performed well provided secondary loadings were modelled. We provide two empirical examples of applying the three methodologies using a normative sample of youth (z-proso, n=1286) and University counselling sample (n= 359).
- general factor of psychopathology
- trans-diagnostic factors
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- School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences - Lecturer in in Psychology with Quantitative
- Edinburgh Neuroscience
- Childhood & Youth
- Health & Well-being
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