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Predicting Academic Dishonesty Using Personality, Impulsiveness, Morality, and Somatic Faking

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April 2020

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Violations of academic honor are related to many of the same factors that lead to dishonesty by individuals subject to the criminal justice system. Malingering is defined as the feigning of psychological or physical ailment for gain, which is a technique regularly used to exploit both academic institutions and the U.S. court system. While malingering in legal environments is generally used to receive less harsh sentencing, access to drugs, or other benefits, the aim of faking illness in students is to avoid punishment for missing required classes or examinations. The purpose of this research is to identify the relationship between faking "bad” symptoms, dishonesty, impulsivity, and personality traits, with the aim of identifying and preventing the abuse of the system caused by malingering, in the future. This study was conducted at a small, private University using a self-report survey method to determine predictors of malingering in undergraduate students.

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Predicting Academic Dishonesty Using Personality, Impulsiveness, Morality, and Somatic Faking

Violations of academic honor are related to many of the same factors that lead to dishonesty by individuals subject to the criminal justice system. Malingering is defined as the feigning of psychological or physical ailment for gain, which is a technique regularly used to exploit both academic institutions and the U.S. court system. While malingering in legal environments is generally used to receive less harsh sentencing, access to drugs, or other benefits, the aim of faking illness in students is to avoid punishment for missing required classes or examinations. The purpose of this research is to identify the relationship between faking "bad” symptoms, dishonesty, impulsivity, and personality traits, with the aim of identifying and preventing the abuse of the system caused by malingering, in the future. This study was conducted at a small, private University using a self-report survey method to determine predictors of malingering in undergraduate students.