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Title: The relationship between decision-making style and negative affect in college students
Authors: Schoemaker, Annemarie F.
Keywords: Clinical psychology;Decision making;Depression
Issue Date: 5-Aug-2010
Abstract: The present study looked at the relationship between decision-making style and negative affect in college students. Following a literature review it is clear that although there is research regarding the relationship between decision-making and affect, the majority of the work within the decision-making literature has focused on the relationship between transitory affective states (e.g. happy or sad), cognitive processes, and decisionmaking behavior. Thus, it is important to conduct research to understand how pathological affective states, like depression and anxiety, influence decision-making behavior. Seventy-six Drexel University undergraduate students were recruited to participate in the present study. The participants were asked to complete three measures, including the General Decision-Making Style Inventory, the Beck Depression Inventory- Second Edition, and the Generalized Anxiety Disorder Questionnaire-Fomth Edition. The hypothesis for this study was that there will be decision-making styles that are specific to depression and others that are specific to anxiety. Correlation and partial correlation analyses were run to determine whether relationships between decisionmaking style and negative affect exist. The correlation analyses revealed that depressive symptoms were significantly related to avoidant decision-making style and rational decision-making style in the predicted direction. However, the other predicted relationships were not supported as there were no significant relationships between depressive and anxious symptoms and the intuitive, spontaneous, and dependent decision-making styles. Furthermore, partial correlation analyses reveal that the only relationship remaining signifIcant was between depressive symptoms and avoidant decision-making style after controlling for anxious symptoms. Further investigations utilizing more complex statistical methods and additional measures of decision-making and negative affect are necessary to better understand the relationship between decision-making and pathological affective states.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1860/3334
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