AN INVESTIGATION OF PROBLEM SOLVING SKILLS AND DECISION-MAKING STYLES OF STUDENTS PARTICIPATING IN INTER-UNIVERSITY SPORTS CHAMPIONSHIPS IN TERMS OF SOME DEMOGRAPHIC VARIABLES

Abstract

Author(s): Oru├ž Ali U?UR

The present study was carried out with an aim to determine the level of problem solving skills, self-respect in decision making and decision-making styles of students who participated in inter-university sports championships, and to determine whether their level of problem solving skills, their self-respect in decision making and their decision-making styles show differences according to their demographic features. To this aim, 188 students studying at Karamano?lu Mehmet Bey University in 2016-2017 academic year participated in this study. All the participants were chosen among the students who participated in the championships held by Turkey University Sports Federation. The Problem Solving Inventory developed by Heppner and Peterson (1982) and adapted into Turkish by ?ahin et al. (1993), and Melbourne Decision Making Questionnaire I-II developed by Mann et al. (1998) and adapted into Turkish by Deniz (2004) were used in this study. According to the results of the study, the participants? level of problem solving skills was found X =105,542; by considering the highest and the lowest scores one could get from the inventory, it could be concluded that the students had above average problem solving skills. In terms of decision-making, it was found, based on the highest and the lowest scores one could get from the inventory, that the participants had average self-respect in decision-making ( X = 6,8298), above average vigilance ( X = 7,7819), average buck-passing ( X = 6,5160), average procrastination ( X = 5,5319), and average hyper-vigilance ( X = 5,6277). Statistically significant and non-significant differences were obtained for different demographic properties of the participants in terms of their problem solving skills, self-respect in decision-making and decision-making styles.

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