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Academic Cheating as a Function of Defense Mechanisms and Object Relations
Psychological Reports (2006)
  • Samuel Juni
  • Julie Gross
  • Joanna Alcruz, Molloy College
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.
Publication Date
June, 2006
Citation Information
Samuel Juni, Julie Gross and Joanna Alcruz. "Academic Cheating as a Function of Defense Mechanisms and Object Relations" Psychological Reports Vol. 98 Iss. 3 (2006) p. 627 - 639 ISSN: 0033-2941
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