Decision-Making and Life Satisfaction: The Role of General Decision-Making Styles and Maximizing Tendency as Predictors


  • Meylisa Permata Sari Universitas Tarumanagara


decision-making styles, general decision-making styles, maximizing, satisficing, life satisfaction


Previous studies have researched many factors that predict life satisfaction. However, research that focuses on testing the role of decision-making on life satisfaction is still limited, even though almost every aspect of human life involves decision-making and the results can determine one's life situation. There were prior studies attempted to explore the relationships between life satisfaction and decision making, however the results are not conclusive. Therefore, this study aims to test the relationship between decision-making styles and life satisfactions. Convenience sampling used in data collection, and there were 154 university students participated in this study. This study uses a cross-sectional survey design to test the research hypothesis. The survey consisted of research information, informed consent, demographic, and measuring instrument for research variables. Decision making styles measured using General Decision-Making Styles (Scott & Bruce, 1995) and Maximizing Scale (Schwartz et al., 2002).Life satisfaction measured using Satisfaction with Life Scale (Diener et al., 1995). The result of multiple linear regression analysis shows that rational decision-making style and tendency to satisfice significantly predict higher level of life-satisfaction, while spontaneous decision-making style and tendency to maximize predict lower level of life-satisfaction. On the other hand, intuitive, dependent, and avoidant decision-making style do not significantly predict life-satisfaction. The implication and direction for future research are discussed.



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