Academic cheating as a function of Defense Mechanisms and object relations

Samuel Juni, Julie Gross, Joanna Sokolowska

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This study examined relationships between academic cheating behaviors by using self-reports of past cheating behavior, providing a situational experiment with the opportunity to cheat, and evaluating defense mechanisms and object relations as measured by the Defense Mechanisms Inventory. Subjects included 75 female and 8 male university students ranging in age from 18 to 51 years (M = 25.5, SD = 6.9). Analysis showed variations in students' self-reported cheating history relative to their measured object relations status and type of defense mechanisms. Actual cheating in the experimental setting was not significantly related to any of these variables. Findings are discussed based on a critique of heterogeneity of the cheating construct.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)627-639
Number of pages13
JournalPsychological reports
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)


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