Correlates of Examination Cheating Behaviour Among University Students

  • A.I. Alarape
  • A.Y Onakoya


Cheating is gradually becoming a means of getting ahead academically. Past research indicates who cheats and reasons for cheating. This study sought to find out some psychological correlates of examination cheating behaviour among university students in Nigeria. Cheating behaviour data was obtained with a survey design using two hundred and fifty [250] subjects with a mean age of twenty-three [23]. Results revealed that age, and self-esteem had a significant positive relationship with examination cheating behaviour while locus of control and need for achievement had a significant negative relationship with examination cheating behaviour. These findings were discussed, particularly in terms of various personality differences of students, which suggest different reasons why students cheat.

(IFE PsychologIA: 2003 11 (1): 71-79)

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