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Journal Article

Conformity as a Function of Age Level

Philip R. Costanzo and Marvin E. Shaw
Child Development
Vol. 37, No. 4 (Dec., 1966), pp. 967-975
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the Society for Research in Child Development
DOI: 10.2307/1126618
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1126618
Page Count: 9
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Abstract

An experiment was undertaken to test the hypothesis that conformity develops in 2 stages, increasing up to the adolescent period and decreasing thereafter. A 2X4 factorial design was used involving sex and 4 age groups. 24 Ss (12 male and 12 female) were selected to compose 4 age groups. Subjects in each group were subjected to erroneous judgments in a simulated conformity situation. In agreement with the hypothesis, conformity increased to adolescence and decreased after adolescence.

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