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ERIC Number: EJ1132171
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0146-3934
The Relationship among Childhood Discipline, Adult Attachment, and Academic Dishonesty in College Students
Qualls, R. Christopher; Figgars, Lafe; Gibbs, Danette
College Student Journal, v51 n1 p7-12 Spr 2017
Given the high prevalence rate of academic dishonesty in institutions of higher education, it is important to understand the factors that contribute to its occurrence. The characteristics of an individual's family of origin are one set of factors that have been shown to be important predictors of academic dishonesty. However, the quality of one's attachments to primary caretakers is one variable that has received limited attention as a potential correlate of academic dishonesty. The purpose of this study was to investigate whether the quality of attachments in adulthood, along with childhood disciplinary practices, were predictive of academic dishonesty in college. Findings from a hierarchical regression revealed students who reported more anxious attachments and those who endorsed receiving harsher forms of physical discipline, such as being slapped, reported cheating more in college courses. Types and frequencies of less punitive disciplinary practices, including spanking, as well as other qualities of attachment, were not associated with increased academic misconduct.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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