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It reads like a warning for an R-rated movie: lying, cheating, violence.... But forget the big screen--it's teens' real-life attitudes. According to the fifth annual Junior Achievement/Deloitte Teen Ethics Survey, some think future success depends on rule-bending. Seventy-one percent of teens surveyed feel prepared to make ethical decisions when entering the work force. Yet 38 percent of that group believe it may be necessary to cheat, plagiarize, lie or be violent to succeed. Nearly one-quarter polled think cheating on a test is acceptable, and more than half of those say it's due to the need to succeed. Really scary? Almost a quarter think violence is OK as revenge or to settle an argument. "The percentage of teens who freely admit unethical behavior can be justified is alarming," says David Miller, assistant professor of business ethics, Yale. "This way of thinking will inevitably lead to unethical if not illegal actions that will damage individual lives and ruin corporate reputations."

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Publication:Girls' Life
Date:Apr 1, 2008
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