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Publication Date

Summer 2012

Degree Type

Thesis - Campus Access Only

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)




Howard Tokunaga


Integrity test, locus of control, self-monitoring, theory of planned behavior

Subject Areas



Overt integrity tests continue to be a popular selection device used by various organizations. Their popularity stems from their ability to identify applicants who may be more susceptible to engage in counterproductive work behaviors. One primary concern regarding the use of integrity tests is that they are susceptible to being faked. However, a gap exists in the literature regarding why individuals fake and the decision process one takes to fake. The present study examined the theory of planned behavior on faking an overt integrity test to determine whether it could predict the faking behavior of 104 undergraduate participants. Locus of control and self-monitoring were included to determine if they moderate the relationship between the theory of planned behavior variables and faking. The results indicated that the theory of planned behavior variables were able to significantly predict faking behavior; however, the moderating effects of the personality traits were not significant. The findings provide researchers and organizations a framework for developing a profile of a faker to prevent individuals who may be more susceptible to faking behavior from permeating organizations.