Stress, Burnout, and Academic Entitlement: Associations with Academic Dishonesty




Ximenes, Megan

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Research shows that academic dishonesty (cheating) in undergraduates is consistently problematic. While stress and burnout have been robustly studied in the college student population, few studies have investigated the relationship between stress, burnout, academic entitlement, and academic dishonesty. This study examined how perceptions of academic stress, burnout, and academic entitlement (AE) are related to academic dishonesty (AD). We hypothesized a positive relationship between these variables and expected that stress, burnout, and academic entitlement will predict AD. A total of 377 undergraduate student participants completed an online Qualtrics survey during Fall 2021. The study used validated surveys to assess stress, burnout, and AE, collected demographic information, and surveyed participants about their engagement in different types of AD (cheating) while in college. Results suggested that certain dimensions of stress and burnout were related to AD. AE was related to cheating on quizzes, stress, and burnout. Stress, burnout, and AE predicted cheating on exams, daily/weekly quizzes, and assignments. These findings can be used to inform practices that support undergraduates to redirect cheating behaviors.



stress, burnout, academic entitlement, academic dishonesty, Honors College


Ximenes, M. C. (2022). Stress, burnout, and academic entitlement: Associations with academic dishonesty (Unpublished thesis). Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas.


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