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Table 2 Exploratory factor analysis of items from the causal attribution dimension among newly diagnosed HIV-positive MSM

From: How newly diagnosed HIV-positive men who have sex with men look at HIV/AIDS – validation of the Chinese version of the revised illness perception questionnaire

  Factor 1 Factor 2 Factor 3
God’s punishment 0.90 0.07 0.08
God’s will 0.89 0.10 0.20
Carelessness −0.08 0.75 0.13
Did not understand the risk 0.23 0.61 −0.07
Believed it could not happen to self 0.39 0.55 −0.11
Being deceived −0.09 0.49 0.46
Alcohol/drug use 0.07 −0.26 0.74
Chance/bad luck 0.23 0.24 0.65
Cronbach’s Alpha 0.86 0.49 0.29
Initial Eigen values 2.33 1.29 1.12
Cumulative % of variance explained 29.18 45.34 59.27
Item-total correlation coefficients 0.77 0.21-0.34 0.18