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      The use of the Decision Regret Scale in non-clinical contexts


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          The Decision Regret Scale (DRS) was assessed for its psychometric qualities in measuring decision regret in ordinary life scenarios. Although the scale has typically been used with patients and in the context of medical decision-making in earlier studies, this contribution shows that the instrument may have a variety of uses, retaining excellent metric properties even in non-medical contexts. The tool showed good fits with both the CFA and the gender Measurement Invariance. A non-probabilistic selection of 2,534 Italian university students was conducted. The internal consistency measures were found to be completely appropriate. Correlations with the General Decision-Making Style (GDMS) and Scale of Regulatory Modes were used to check for convergent validity (SRM). Convergence analysis showed that participants with higher regret scores were those who favored a rational decision-making style, while lower regret scores correlated with avoidant and spontaneous styles. With regard to the regulatory modes, the relationship between regret and locomotion was positive. Overall, the directions of association point to an interesting predictive measure of a person’s decision-making and self-regulatory orientation through the evaluation of regret using the DRS. The excellent psychometric properties found foreshadow a reliable use in various contexts where knowledge of post-decisional attitude becomes important: school, university, professional orientation, marketing studies, relationship choices, as well as for use in research.

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                Front Psychol
                Front Psychol
                Front. Psychol.
                Frontiers in Psychology
                Frontiers Media S.A.
                15 September 2022
                : 13
                : 945669
                [1] 1Department of Human Sciences, Society and Health, University of Cassino , Cassino, Italy
                [2] 2Department of Psychology of Development and Socialization Processes, Sapienza University of Rome , Rome, Italy
                Author notes

                Edited by: Mariona Portell, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain

                Reviewed by: Claudia I. Iacob, University of Bucharest, Romania; Jamel Hajji, Tunis University, Tunisia

                *Correspondence: Pierluigi Diotaiuti, p.diotaiuti@ 123456unicas.it

                This article was submitted to Quantitative Psychology and Measurement, a section of the journal Frontiers in Psychology

                Copyright © 2022 Diotaiuti, Valente, Mancone, Grambone, Chirico and Lucidi.

                This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

                : 16 May 2022
                : 25 August 2022
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                Figures: 1, Tables: 6, Equations: 0, References: 91, Pages: 12, Words: 9536
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                Clinical Psychology & Psychiatry
                decision-making,decision regret scale,regret,validation,gender invariance


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