This study aimed to reveal the level of decision making abilities of college students and whether their selfesteem
and decision making styles during decision making differ or not by determining their level of problem
solving abilities and self-esteem and decision making styles in decision making.
Problem Solving Inventory developed by Heppner and Peterson (1982) and adapted intoTurkish by Sahin et al
(1993) and Melbourne Decision Making Scale I-II developed by Mann et al (1998) (Melbourne Decision Making
Questionnaire) and adapted intoTurkish by Deniz (2004) were implemented to 460 college students at
Karamanoglu Mehmetbey University.
The level of problem solving abilities of the students was found as
X = 96,4771 and the fact that the level of
problem solving of the students was determined higher than intermediate when taking cognizance of the highest
and lowest scores in the scale. As for decision making, their scores of self-esteem in decision making and the
scores of carefully decision making were found high, the score of decision making in panic was found
intermediate and the score of avoidably decision making was found low. There was no difference found among
some students in terms of demographic characteristics but there was meaningful difference in some variables in
both problem solving abilities and self-esteem in decision making and decision making styles of the students.