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Conformity as a Function of Age Level
Philip R. Costanzo and Marvin E. Shaw
Vol. 37, No. 4 (Dec., 1966), pp. 967-975
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1126618
Page Count: 9
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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.
Child Development © 1966 Society for Research in Child Development