An exploration of the indecisiveness scale in multiethnic Malaysia

Viren Swami, Dhachayani Sinniah, Ponnusamy Subramaniam, Subash K. Pillai, Kumaraswami Kannan, Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic

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Abstract

This article examined the construct of indecisiveness, or the inability to make timely decisions, in a multiethnic sample from Malaysia. In all, 164 (84 women, 80 men) Malay participants and 150 (76 women, 74 men) Chinese participants completed a Malay version of Frost and Shows's Indecisiveness Scale. Results showed that interitem reliabilities for both ethnic groups were high. Test-retest reliability with 21 participants after 10 days was also very high. The results of a confirmatory factor analysis testing the equivalency of a hypothesized single factorial structure for Malays and Chinese showed adequate fit for both ethnic groups. Based on single factorial structure, there were significant ethnic differences on overall indecisiveness scores (with Malays being more indecisive than Chinese) but no sex differences. These results are discussed in terms of previous cross-cultural work using the Indecisiveness Scale.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)309-316
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Cross-Cultural Psychology
Volume39
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2008

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Ethnic Groups
ethnic group
Reproducibility of Results
Sex Characteristics
Statistical Factor Analysis
factor analysis

Keywords

  • Decision making
  • Ethnic differences
  • Indecisiveness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)
  • Social Psychology

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An exploration of the indecisiveness scale in multiethnic Malaysia. / Swami, Viren; Sinniah, Dhachayani; Subramaniam, Ponnusamy; Pillai, Subash K.; Kannan, Kumaraswami; Chamorro-Premuzic, Tomas.

In: Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, Vol. 39, No. 3, 05.2008, p. 309-316.

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Swami, V, Sinniah, D, Subramaniam, P, Pillai, SK, Kannan, K & Chamorro-Premuzic, T 2008, 'An exploration of the indecisiveness scale in multiethnic Malaysia', Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, vol. 39, no. 3, pp. 309-316. https://doi.org/10.1177/0022022108315544
Swami, Viren ; Sinniah, Dhachayani ; Subramaniam, Ponnusamy ; Pillai, Subash K. ; Kannan, Kumaraswami ; Chamorro-Premuzic, Tomas. / An exploration of the indecisiveness scale in multiethnic Malaysia. In: Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology. 2008 ; Vol. 39, No. 3. pp. 309-316.
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