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Croatian medical students see academic dishonesty as an acceptable behaviour: a cross-sectional multicampus study.
J Med Ethics. 2012 Jun; 38(6):376-9.JM

Abstract

AIM

To provide insights into the students' attitude towards academic integrity and their perspective of academic honesty at Croatian medical schools.

METHODS

A cross-sectional study using an anonymous questionnaire containing 29 questions on frequency of cheating, perceived seriousness of cheating, perceptions on integrity atmosphere, cheating behaviour of peers and on willingness to report misconduct. Participants were third-year (preclinical) and fifth-year (clinical) students from all four Croatian Schools of Medicine. Outcome measures were descriptive statistical correlates and differences in students' self-reported educational dishonesty, perceptions of cheating behaviour and medical school integrity atmosphere.

RESULTS

Of the 1074 students enrolled in the third and fifth year, 662 (62%) completed the questionnaire. A large proportion of the students (97%) admitted using some method of cheating and 78% admitted engaging in at least one form of misconduct. About 50% had a lenient attitude towards six acts of academic dishonesty. Only 2% reported another student for cheating. Risk factors for cheating were strongly correlated with students' perceptions of peer cheating behaviour, peer approval of cheating, low perception of seriousness of cheating and inappropriate severity level of exams and teaching materials.

CONCLUSIONS

Cheating is prevalent in Croatian medical schools and academic dishonesty is seen as acceptable behaviour among numerous future Croatian doctors.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Physiology, University of Zagreb School of Medicine, Salata 3, Zagreb 10000, Croatia. skukolja@gmail.comNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

22240586

Citation

Kukolja Taradi, Suncana, et al. "Croatian Medical Students See Academic Dishonesty as an Acceptable Behaviour: a Cross-sectional Multicampus Study." Journal of Medical Ethics, vol. 38, no. 6, 2012, pp. 376-9.
Kukolja Taradi S, Taradi M, Dogas Z. Croatian medical students see academic dishonesty as an acceptable behaviour: a cross-sectional multicampus study. J Med Ethics. 2012;38(6):376-9.
Kukolja Taradi, S., Taradi, M., & Dogas, Z. (2012). Croatian medical students see academic dishonesty as an acceptable behaviour: a cross-sectional multicampus study. Journal of Medical Ethics, 38(6), 376-9. https://doi.org/10.1136/medethics-2011-100015
Kukolja Taradi S, Taradi M, Dogas Z. Croatian Medical Students See Academic Dishonesty as an Acceptable Behaviour: a Cross-sectional Multicampus Study. J Med Ethics. 2012;38(6):376-9. PubMed PMID: 22240586.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Croatian medical students see academic dishonesty as an acceptable behaviour: a cross-sectional multicampus study. AU - Kukolja Taradi,Suncana, AU - Taradi,Milan, AU - Dogas,Zoran, Y1 - 2012/01/12/ PY - 2012/1/14/entrez PY - 2012/1/14/pubmed PY - 2012/11/1/medline SP - 376 EP - 9 JF - Journal of medical ethics JO - J Med Ethics VL - 38 IS - 6 N2 - AIM: To provide insights into the students' attitude towards academic integrity and their perspective of academic honesty at Croatian medical schools. METHODS: A cross-sectional study using an anonymous questionnaire containing 29 questions on frequency of cheating, perceived seriousness of cheating, perceptions on integrity atmosphere, cheating behaviour of peers and on willingness to report misconduct. Participants were third-year (preclinical) and fifth-year (clinical) students from all four Croatian Schools of Medicine. Outcome measures were descriptive statistical correlates and differences in students' self-reported educational dishonesty, perceptions of cheating behaviour and medical school integrity atmosphere. RESULTS: Of the 1074 students enrolled in the third and fifth year, 662 (62%) completed the questionnaire. A large proportion of the students (97%) admitted using some method of cheating and 78% admitted engaging in at least one form of misconduct. About 50% had a lenient attitude towards six acts of academic dishonesty. Only 2% reported another student for cheating. Risk factors for cheating were strongly correlated with students' perceptions of peer cheating behaviour, peer approval of cheating, low perception of seriousness of cheating and inappropriate severity level of exams and teaching materials. CONCLUSIONS: Cheating is prevalent in Croatian medical schools and academic dishonesty is seen as acceptable behaviour among numerous future Croatian doctors. SN - 1473-4257 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/22240586/Croatian_medical_students_see_academic_dishonesty_as_an_acceptable_behaviour:_a_cross_sectional_multicampus_study_ L2 - http://jme.bmj.com/cgi/pmidlookup?view=long&pmid=22240586 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -