Numerous research studies reveal that cheating is a significant problem on the campuses of American colleges and universities. Traditional college-aged students (aged 18-25) fall within a time-frame of the life-span that has been labeled emerging adulthood, a time in which risk-taking behavior is common. The present study conceptualized academic cheating as a risk-taking behavior. Prior research reveals that both sensation seeking and narcissism are related to risk activity. Therefore, this correlational study sought to determine the relative influence of each of these traits in relation to academic dishonesty in a sample of 106 community college students. A total of sixty-two females and forty-four males served as participants for this study. The results of a hierarchical regression analysis revealed that sensation seeking was unrelated to cheating behavior. Narcissism was found to predict this activity. Furthermore, approximately 91% of the sample reported engaging in at least one form of cheating behavior as a college student. No gender differences were noted on self-reported cheating in this sample. Future research aimed at identifying the specific components of narcissism and their relationship to cheating is recommended as is further inquiry/intervention that addresses the cheating rate observed at the institution in which this study was conducted.
|School Location:||United States -- Arizona|
|Source:||DAI-B 70/09, Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Community college education, Educational psychology, Personality psychology, Higher education|
|Keywords:||Academic dishonesty, Cheating, Emerging adulthood, Narcissism, Sensation seeking|
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