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Table 1 Factor loadings, communalities (h2), percents of variance explained for principal axis factoring and varimax rotation on the social support and satisfaction items for the four ties.

From: The effect of social relationships on survival in elderly residents of a Southern European community: a cohort study

Items Children Other family Friends Spouse
  Factor 1 Factor 2 h2 Factor 1 Factor 2 h2 Factor 1 Factor 2 h2 Factor 1 Factor 2 h2
Feels loved and cared for 0.75   0.58   0.69 0.55   0.68 0.48 0.80   0.64
Feels listened to 0.69   0.52 0.31 0.51 0.36   0.58 0.36 0.73   0.54
Feels criticised    0.06    0.08    0.21    0.08
Provides help   0.70 0.49 0.62   0.39 0.55   0.32   0.71 0.52
Plays an important role 0.53 0.44 0.48 0.60 0.32 0.46 0.59   0.45 0.32 0.46 0.32
Feels useful   0.70 0.54 0.76   0.60 0.82   0.71   0.73 0.53
Satisfaction -0.56   0.33   -0.53 0.32    0.05 -0.56   0.32
% variance explained by factor and overall variance explained 40.3 17.3 57.6 39.4 16.5 55.9 31.4 17.6 49 35.7 20.9 56.6
  1. Only factor loadings equal or higher than 0.3 are shown.