School cheaters often narcissistic, amoral, study finds

September 9, 2010

According to a UBC study, students who commit academic misconduct often have personality disorders that make them manipulative, arrogant, callous, and difficult to handle. Published this month by the American Psychology Association, the research found students who admitted to cheating ranked high on tests that identified 3 personality disorders referred to as the "dark triad": psychopathy, Machiavellianism (manipulativeness), and narcissism. The study concludes that secondary and post-secondary schools have to find creative ways of discouraging cheaters because many are not afraid of punishment, are amoral, and have a strong sense of entitlement. APA News Release | Vancouver Sun | Read the study