Research in Higher Education

, Volume 25, Issue 4, pp 342–354 | Cite as

College cheating: Immaturity, lack of commitment, and the neutralizing attitude

  • Valerie J. Haines
  • George M. Diekhoff
  • Emily E. LaBeff
  • Robert E. Clark


Through the use of a 49-item questionnaire administered to 380 university students, we investigated student cheating on exams, quizzes, and homework assignments. More than half the students reported cheating during the academic year on at least one of the above. The purpose of this paper was to uncover fundamental factors underlying cheating behavior. Through the use of correlational and factor analysis, three primary factors were identified: student immaturity, lack of commitment to academics, and neutralization. We offer interpretations of these factors and suggestions for testing these and other factors in future research.


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© Agathon Press, Inc. 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • Valerie J. Haines
    • 2
  • George M. Diekhoff
    • 2
  • Emily E. LaBeff
    • 1
  • Robert E. Clark
    • 2
  1. 1.Division of Social and Behavioral SciencesMidwestern State UniversityWichita Falls
  2. 2.Midwestern State UniversityUSA

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