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Investigating the Relationship Between Lie Acceptability and Self-reported Deceptive Behaviour Tendencies: Gender And Age Differences

McEvoy, Aideen (2021) Investigating the Relationship Between Lie Acceptability and Self-reported Deceptive Behaviour Tendencies: Gender And Age Differences. Undergraduate thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Abstract

Aims: The current study sought to investigate the relationship between the frequency of deceptive behavior and attitudes towards deception, using a lie acceptability instrument. This study also considered the differences in gender and age on these scores, based upon the research which indicated that females and older aged persons engaged in less lying behaviour, (Glätzle-Rützler and Lergeteporer, 2015; Grosch and Rau, 2017).

Method: With the use of two validated scales, a questionnaire was administered to 213 participants. Participants were recruited using snowball and target sampling through social media. The questionnaire recorded each participant’s lie acceptance score and deceptive behaviour score. These scales were adapted for this study.

Results: The majority of the sample were female, at 70.9%, with a mean age of 43.6. Scores of lie acceptability significantly predicted a negative relationship with deceptive behaviour scores. Age and lie acceptance were found to significantly, uniquely predict levels of deceptive behaviour.

Conclusion: Gender differences in deceptive behaviour were discovered in older adults; older males tended to engage in more deceptive hevaiour compared to older women. While males were found to have a consistent lying behaviour over different ages, women tended to lie less as they got older. This indicates that as women age, they engage in less lying behaviour. While males and females engage in similar levels of deception at younger ages.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Deception; Lying; Lie acceptability; Gender; Age; Behaviour; Attitudes
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology
Divisions: School of Business > BA (Honours) in Psychology
Depositing User: Clara Chan
Date Deposited: 13 Aug 2021 10:58
Last Modified: 16 Sep 2021 15:21
URI: http://norma.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/4954

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