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TitleUnderstanding adolescents' unethical online behaviors: A structural equation approach
Authors
KeywordsAdolescents
Risky online behavior
Social cognitive theory
Theory of planned behavior
Unethical online behavior
Issue Date2015
AbstractThis study employed a revised model of theory of planned behavior (TPB), which synthesized perspective from social cognitive theory, to understand the unethical/risky online behaviors of adolescents. Two forms of unethical online behaviors, namely plagiarism and unauthorized acts were examined. A stratified random sample of 757 Secondary two students in Hong Kong was obtained. Data were analyzed using structural equation modeling. The proposed model was in general consistent with TPB, and it explained 54.8% and 48.0% of the variances in plagiarism and unauthorized acts respectively. It was found that peers' unethical behaviors were the most influential in shaping students' intention to act unethically. General measurements of ICT attitude and ICT literacy were also found to be applicable in the TPB framework, and a strong positive association was observed between these two constructs. Interestingly, neither plagiarism intention nor plagiarism behavior was related to ICT literacy, whereas unauthorized acts' intention influenced both forms of unethical behaviors. Implications of the findings for educators are discussed.
DescriptionA project submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the Degree of Master of Science in Library and Information Management at The University of Hong Kong
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/208167

 

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dc.contributor.authorChan, HF-
dc.date.accessioned2015-02-17T06:43:06Z-
dc.date.available2015-02-17T06:43:06Z-
dc.date.issued2015-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/208167-
dc.descriptionA project submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the Degree of Master of Science in Library and Information Management at The University of Hong Kongen_US
dc.description.abstractThis study employed a revised model of theory of planned behavior (TPB), which synthesized perspective from social cognitive theory, to understand the unethical/risky online behaviors of adolescents. Two forms of unethical online behaviors, namely plagiarism and unauthorized acts were examined. A stratified random sample of 757 Secondary two students in Hong Kong was obtained. Data were analyzed using structural equation modeling. The proposed model was in general consistent with TPB, and it explained 54.8% and 48.0% of the variances in plagiarism and unauthorized acts respectively. It was found that peers' unethical behaviors were the most influential in shaping students' intention to act unethically. General measurements of ICT attitude and ICT literacy were also found to be applicable in the TPB framework, and a strong positive association was observed between these two constructs. Interestingly, neither plagiarism intention nor plagiarism behavior was related to ICT literacy, whereas unauthorized acts' intention influenced both forms of unethical behaviors. Implications of the findings for educators are discussed.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.rightsThe author retains all proprietary rights, (such as patent rights) and the right to use in future works.-
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.subjectAdolescentsen_US
dc.subjectRisky online behavioren_US
dc.subjectSocial cognitive theoryen_US
dc.subjectTheory of planned behavioren_US
dc.subjectUnethical online behavioren_US
dc.titleUnderstanding adolescents' unethical online behaviors: A structural equation approachen_US
dc.typeStudent_Projecten_US
dc.description.naturepublished_or_final_version-

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