Predictors of cheating behavior at a university: A lesson from the psychology of work

Chris J. Jackson, Stephen Z. Levine, Adrian Furnham, Nicole Burr

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The present study investigated students' behavior across academic departments to establish how personality, demographic, educational, attitudinal, and climate (both psychological and departmental) predicted self-reported cheating behavior at a university. Participants were 107 students from a variety of academic disciplines. The results explain 50.5% of the variability in self-reported cheating behavior in terms of demographic (male, school education qualifications), departmental climate, and individual differences (Lie and Neuroticism scales). We concluded that an expanded theoretical perspective (utilizing a wide range of person and situation variables) explained more variability than would otherwise be explained from any single perspective, and that findings from the literature of integrity at work generalize to educational settings. Finally, we discuss the limitations and implications of this research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1031-1046
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Applied Social Psychology
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2002
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology


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