Decision-making competence in everyday life: The roles of general cognitive styles, decision-making styles and personality

Chris Dewberry, Marie Juanchich, Sunitha Narendran

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    Research indicates that decision-making competence in everyday life is associated with certain decision-making styles. The aims of this article are to extend this research by examining (a) the extent to which general cognitive styles explain variance in decision-making competence over and above decision-making styles, and (b) the extent to which personality explains variance in decision-making competence over and above both types of style variable. Participants (N = 355) completed measures of everyday decision-making competence (Decision Outcomes Inventory), decision styles (Decision Style Questionnaire; Maximization Inventory), cognitive styles (the Cognitive Styles Inventory; Rational-Experience Inventory), and the Big Five personality variables (IPIP Big-Five factor scales). The results indicate that cognitive styles offer no incremental validity over decision-making styles in predicting decision-making competence, but that personality does offer substantial incremental validity over general cognitive styles and decision-making styles. Jointly decision-making styles and personality account for a substantial amount of variance in everyday decision-making competence.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)783-788
    Issue number7
    Early online date19 Jul 2013
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2013


    • Competent decisions
    • Cognitive styles
    • Decision-making styles
    • Personality

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