The effects of self-control and social influence on academic dishonesty: an experimental and correlational investigation

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2010
Coşkan, Canan
The present study aimed to integrate situational and dispositional perspectives on the investigation of unethical and dishonest behavior through an experimental and a correlational study. More explicitly, the current study explored the effects of state self-control and social influence on cheating, and investigated the trait self control and conformity as predictors of academic dishonesty. Two preliminary studies were conducted. First, a pilot study with 230 undergraduate students was conducted to assess the reliability of the Turkish versions of the four scales intended to measure the constructs of interest. All four scales were found to have sufficient reliabilities. A second preliminary study was conducted to observe and to ameliorate the effects of two manipulations constructed for the main study, namely the rewriting task (depletory versus neutral) and the norm induction (deciding to cheat, not to cheat or to meet with a friend after the study). The main study was conducted with 87 undergraduate students. Correlational results underlined the importance of low self-control and high susceptibility to social influence as predictors of past behavior of academic dishonesty. Experimental results revealed that first, groups‟ cheating levels and cheater frequencies did not differ as a function of ego depletion while they differed as a function of norm induction in that „cheat‟ norm groups had higher levels of cheating and higher frequencies of cheaters than „not cheat‟ and neutral norm groups had. The implications of the study for theory, practice, and future research are discussed.

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C. Coşkan, “The effects of self-control and social influence on academic dishonesty: an experimental and correlational investigation,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2010.