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The relations of inattention and hyperactivity to academic cheating in adolescents with executive functioning problems

NCJ Number
Psychology in the Schools Volume: 59 Issue: 4 Dated: 2022 Pages: 784-799
Date Published
16 pages

This document discusses the authors’ research into academic cheating’s relationship to executive functioning problems, such as inattention , hyperactivity, and depression, using the Behavior Assessment System for Children, second edition (BASC-2).


In this paper, the authors examine the relationships of executive functioning problems (EFP) to academic cheating in a sample of 855 adolescents. Participants completed assessments of inattention, hyperactivity, and depression using the BASC-2, as well as peer-reports of externalizing behavior. After controlling for known predictors of cheating such as demographics and depression, multiple regression analyses indicated that inattention emerged as a predictor of greater cheating behaviors. The authors also found that the positive relation between inattention and cheating was mediated by hyperactivity. Publisher Abstract Provided

Date Published: January 1, 2022