That's the conclusion of a study conducted by Jason Childs of the University of Regina in Canada.
While men and women showed no significant difference in the frequency of lying per their gender, and while the offspring of single parent homes where either a parent had died or the separation was amicable also showed a low degree of lying tendencies, dishonesty was directly proportional to one's religiosity, to one's majoring in business or to growing up in a less-than-harmonious divorce situation.
This may not sound very profoundly therapeutic here, folks, but... DUH!!!
In each of the three mentioned situations, one has to either lie to others, to oneself or both in order to maintain some sense of power, however false or fleeting, under the duress of those cultures. When the underlying motives of an institution are power over rather than power for, dishonesty becomes the main means to those ends.
Are all children who grow up caught in the middle of two parents in a state of conflict and disunity doomed to become liars? Well, no, because there's always therapy. Are all individuals whose trajectory takes them to Wall Street, or to church, inevitably going to embrace dishonesty as a lifestyle at some point at some level?