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Decision-Making Competence, Social Orientation, Time Style, and Perceived Stress

Journal article
Authors Martin Geisler
Carl Martin Allwood
Published in Frontiers in Psychology
Volume 9
ISSN 1664-1078
Publication year 2018
Published at Department of Psychology
Language en
Keywords decision making, decision-making competence, perceived stress, social orientation, time approach, trait emotional intelligence, individual-differences, construct-validity, job demands, dark triad, questionnaire, personality, validation, scale, machiavellianism, Psychology
Subject categories Psychology


Peoples' decision-making competence, defined as tendency to follow normative rational principles in their decision making, is important as it may influence the extent that requirements are met and levels of perceived stress. In addition, perceived stress could be influenced by social orientation and time style; for example, decisions need to comply with given deadlines and the expectations of others. In two studies, with students (n = 118) and professionals (police investigators, n = 90), we examined how the three individual difference features: decision-making competence, social orientation, and time approach relate to perceived stress. Results showed that social orientation and time approach were related to levels of perceived stress, but decision-making competence was not. These results indicate that social orientation and time approach are important to consider in relation to perceived stress, but the role of decision-making competence may be less important for perceived stress. However, the role of decision-making competence for perceived stress needs to be further researched.

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