Document Type



Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor's Name

Mary J. Levitt

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

William M. Kurtiness

Third Advisor's Name

Johnathan G. Tubman

Date of Defense



A total of 283 multi-ethnic college students participated in a study investigating (a) the extent to which late adolescents perceived themselves to be attached to parents and peers and (b) the effects of low, medium and high perceived parent and peer attachment on the students' attitudes toward academic dishonesty. Self-report measurements were used in assessing perceived parent and peer attachment levels and the students' tolerance or condemnation toward cheating. The majority of students reported equivalent attachment levels for parents and peers. Contrary to the hypothesis, students reporting low parent attachment and high peer attachment were the least tolerant to cheating. These findings suggest that for late adolescents, low parental attachment without compensatory peer attachment may be a contributing factor in the development ofa tolerant attitude toward academic dishonesty



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Psychology Commons



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