Motives Among High School Adolescent Students for Telling Lies

Adnan Al-Otoum, Abd Al-Nasser Al-Jarrah


The present study aimed at exploring motives among high school adolescent students for telling lies and the effect of gender and other demographic variables on the use of such motives. The sample consisted of 423 students, aged 16-18 years, who filled a questionnaire designed to measure students’ deceptive motives. Results revealed that the most used deceptive motives were: the emotional motives followed by self-protection, social, personal, and aggression motives, respectively. The results showed an effect for place of residence on emotional, personal, and aggression domains of deceptive motives. The results also showed an effect of father’s education on self-protection and social domains of deceptive motives.

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