Problem Solving Style and Creative Achievement

Maria Christina Hanakis, Fordham University


The purpose of the present study was to assess the relationship between adults’ problem solving styles and their creative achievement, as well as the domains in which they exhibit their creative behavior. VIEW: An Assessment of Problem Solving Style was used to determine participants’ problem solving styles on three dimensions: Orientation to Change, Manner of Processing, and Ways of Deciding. The Creative Achievement Questionnaire (CAQ) was used to assess participants’ creative accomplishments, as well as their recognition for such accomplishments across 10 domains: visual arts, music, dance, architectural design, creative writing, humor, inventions, scientific discovery, theater and film, and culinary arts. Kaufman’s Domains of Creativity Scale (K-DOCS) was used to measure participants’ daily creative behaviors in five domains: Self/Everyday, Scholarly, Performance, Mechanical/Science, and Artistic. Findings indicated that preferences for structure, working on one’s own, and/or focusing on completing a task were related to reports of creative achievement. Additionally, as expected, the preferences for focusing on completing a task, analyzing how logical a plan is, and using objective and impersonal criteria when making judgments, were related to endorsing daily creative behavior in mechanics and science.

Subject Area

Mechanics|Fine arts|Design|Psychology

Recommended Citation

Hanakis, Maria Christina, "Problem Solving Style and Creative Achievement" (2017). ETD Collection for Fordham University. AAI10274585.