• Ivana Jambrešić Vinko Bek Center for Education, Zagreb
  • Jasmina Tomašić Humer Department of Psychology, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, J. J. Strossmayer University of Osijek
  • Ana Babić Čikeš Department of Psychology, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, J. J. Strossmayer University of Osijek
Keywords: attitudes towards cheating, cheating, dark personality traits, moral reasoning


The aim of this research was to examine the contribution of dark personality traits, moral reasoning and attitudes toward cheating to the cheating in an academic setting. Students from three faculties in Osijek (N = 331) participated in this study. The Moral Reasoning Test, the Dark Triad Short Scale, the Sadistic Tendencies Questionnaire, and the modified School Cheating Scale were applied. Gender differences were found in the reported proportion of minor forms of cheating (men were more prone to this type of cheating). Psychopathy and positive attitudes toward minor forms of cheating were found to be significant predictors of minor forms of cheating. Program types, sadism and attitudes toward difficult forms of cheating were significant predictors of more severe forms of cheating. Attitudes toward minor or severe forms of cheating proved to be the strongest predictors of both forms of cheating in an academic setting.


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