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serious than other types of cheating,
and British students interviewed about cheating
saw plagiarism as a minor concern.
Students also tend to overemphasize the prevalence
of plagiarism among their peers, a factor that may lead to self-rationalizing behavior.
Peer behavior was the strongest predictor of academic cheating in general.
Most studies of plagiarism lump the offense into broad measures of academic
cheating, and even fewer incorporate personality-related measures. One of the few
studies to compare personality measures and plagiarism used the Keirsey Temperament
Sorter, which, in turn, is based on the Myers Briggs Type Indicator. The study found that
temperament did not correlate with either plagiarism or any of nine other cheating
Other studies have found correlations between a Type A personality and 34
statements on cheating,
and between two employment-related integrity scales and 26
but none of those reported data on plagiarism.
One of the most widely used personality measures is the Big Five model.
model is the result of years of research to summarize the terms people use to describe
themselves into a succinct taxonomy.
The Big Five are extraversion, agreeableness,
conscientiousness, neuroticism (sometimes referred to by its opposite, emotional
stability) and openness to experience.
The Big Five model has repeatedly been shown to
be statistically valid for testing differences between individuals.
Only one study,
published after this research began, has compared Big Five measures and plagiarism: a
Canadian study that found one factor, agreeableness, was negatively correlated with
plagiarism identified by Turnitin.
A study evaluating students who may have cheated on
exams according to a computer program revealed no significant relationships between
test cheating and the Big Five measures.
A study involving another form of cheating, in
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