Article Title: Problem Solving Styles as Predictor of Life Satisfaction Among University Students

Author(s): Mussarat J. Khan, Tehmina Younas, and Sana Ashraf

Institute(s): Department of Psychology-Female Campus, International Islamic University, Islamabad.

Journal: Pakistan Journal of Psychological Research, 2016, Vol. 31, No. 1, 209-222

Correspondence Address: Mussarat J. Khan, Department of Psychology-Female Campus, International Islamic University, Islamabad, Pakistan. Email:


The present study investigated the role of problem solving styles as predictor of life satisfaction among university students. 150 students (young men = 75, young women = 75) with age ranging from 20 to 25 years (M = 21.74, SD = 1.49) were selected from different universities of Islamabad. Satisfaction with Life Scale (Diener, Emmons, Larsen, & Griffin, 1985) and Problem Solving Style Questionnaire (Cassidy & Long, 1996) were used to measure four problem solving styles including, thinking, feeling, sensing, and intuitive problem solving styles. The findings revealed that all the instruments along with the subscales were reliable. Multiple regression analysis showed that Thinking problem solving style lead to more life satisfaction in university students rather than other problem solving styles. Independent sample t-test was done on gender on exploratory basis. Results indicated that female university students used more Intuitive problem solving style than male university students and male university student used more Thinking problem solving style than female university students. There were nonsignificant differences between male and female university students on other problem solving styles and life satisfaction. Implications, limitations, and suggestions for future research were also discussed.

Keywords. Problem solving styles, sensing style, intuitive style, feeling style, thinking style, satisfaction with life