When is it acceptable to lie? Interpersonal and intergroup perspectives on deception

Dunbar, Norah E., Gangi, Katlyn, Coveleski, Samantha, Adams, Aubrie, Bernhold, Quinten and Giles, Howard (2016) When is it acceptable to lie? Interpersonal and intergroup perspectives on deception. Communication Studies, 67 2: 129-146. doi:10.1080/10510974.2016.1146911


Author Dunbar, Norah E.
Gangi, Katlyn
Coveleski, Samantha
Adams, Aubrie
Bernhold, Quinten
Giles, Howard
Title When is it acceptable to lie? Interpersonal and intergroup perspectives on deception
Journal name Communication Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1745-1035
1051-0974
Publication date 2016-03-09
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/10510974.2016.1146911
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 67
Issue 2
Start page 129
End page 146
Total pages 18
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Abstract While deception is generally viewed as an undesirable and unethical action, people evaluate some lies as more detrimental than others. This study examined factors influencing deception assessments, including the seriousness of the lie and whom it benefits. The effect of an intergroup versus an interpersonal context for the lie was examined. Utilizing 24 vignettes varying in terms of these conditions, 259 participants evaluated a lie’s appropriateness, deceptiveness, and complexity. Altruistic and white lies were viewed as less deceptive and more acceptable than self-serving and more consequential lies. Lies evaluated as least acceptable were interpersonal, serious, and self-serving compared to altruistic lies and those embedded in an intergroup context. Intergroup and interpersonal deceptions are recognized as distinct forms of lying and are evaluated differently.
Keyword Deception detection
Intergroup communication
Intergroup deception
Interpersonal communication
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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