Relationship between Decision Making Styles and Life Regrets among Community Dwelling Older Adults

  • Maha Gaafar
  • Reham Abd El Salam
  • Samia El Kholy


Older adults have to take several decisions during their life. The older adults' distinctive manner and style of identifying and reacting to decision-making tasks is expected to yield some decision outcomes which may induce feeling of regret.  Regret which is a hurting feeling in old age can ultimately impacts the individual’s well-being. Objective: Determine the relationship between decision making styles and life regrets among community dwelling older adults. Setting: outpatient clinics of Farouk hospital, affiliated to the Ministry of Health, Alexandria, Egypt. Subjects: 205 older adults. Tools: Three tools were used for data collection: 1) Socio-demographic data structured interview schedule 2) Decision Making Questionnaire DMQ, and 3) Life Regrets Scale. Results: The present study findings showed that the study subjects showed different levels of life regrets which are significantly correlated with the manner they habitually approach and manage their decisions (decision making styles). Conclusion: Greater life regrets among the study subjects were associated with the usage of certain decision making styles such as instinctiveness and social resistance. Whereas, thoroughness, perfectionism and control styles are significantly related to lower life regrets among the study subjects. Recommendations: The gerontological nurses should assess the decision making skills and styles of the older adults. They should assume their role in helping older adults to learn new decision making styles in order to improve their decisions outcomes and prevent future regrets.