Portions of the results of Study I were presented at the June 1996 meeting of the American Psychological Society. We thank Patricia Keith-Spiegel and Mary Kite for their helpful comments on earlier versions of this article.
College Students’ Perceptions of Peers Who Cheat†
Article first published online: 31 JUL 2006
Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume 29, Issue 8, pages 1732–1760, August 1999
How to Cite
Whitley, B. E. and Kost, C. R. (1999), College Students’ Perceptions of Peers Who Cheat. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 29: 1732–1760. doi: 10.1111/j.1559-1816.1999.tb02048.x
- Issue published online: 31 JUL 2006
- Article first published online: 31 JUL 2006
Two studies investigated the efficacy of 3 theoretical models in explaining college students judgments of peers who cheat and of accomplices who assist cheaters. The value pluralism model predicted that accomplices who acted for money would be judged more harshly than those who acted from friendship; the attributional model predicted that cheaters whose actions were caused by internal controllable factors would be judged more harshly than those who actions were caused by external uncontrollable factors, and the relative preference model predicted that students who saw themselves as more likely to act as the cheater and accomplice did would make less harsh judgments. Overall, the results provided the best support for the relative preference model.