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Individual and Contextual Influences on Academic Dishonesty: A Multicampus Investigation

Donald L. McCabe and Linda Klebe Trevino
Research in Higher Education
Vol. 38, No. 3 (Jun., 1997), pp. 379-396
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40196302
Page Count: 18
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Individual and Contextual Influences on Academic Dishonesty: A Multicampus Investigation
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Abstract

Students at nine medium to large state universities were surveyed in this comprehensive investigation of the influences of individual and contextual factors on self-reported academic dishonesty. Results suggested that cheating was influenced by a number of characteristics of individuals including age, gender, and grade-point average, as well as a number of contextual factors including the level of cheating among peers, peer disapproval of cheating, fraternity/sorority membership, and the perceived severity of penalties for cheating. Peer disapproval was the strongest influential factor.

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