Bulletin of the Psychonomic Society

, Volume 26, Issue 5, pp 429-432

First online:

A scale for measuring attitude toward cheating

  • William M. GardnerAffiliated withDepartment of Psychology, Jacksonville State University
  • , Kenneth B. MelvinAffiliated withUniversity of Alabama


A “study guide technique” that successfully detected cheating in college students is described. Also, details of the construction of an attitude toward cheating (ATC) scale are presented. The ATC scale was found to have adequate reliability. Preliminary evidence of scale validity was provided by (1) a correlation of −.30 between ATC scores and cheating on the study guide and (2) a more negative attitude toward cheating (as measured by the ATC scale) exhibited by faculty than by students.