Accession Number : AD0412867

Title :   SOME PERSONAL AND SITUATIONAL FACTORS RELEVANT TO THE CONSISTENCY AND PREDICTION OF CONFORMING BEHAVIOR,

Corporate Author : DUKE UNIV DURHAM N C

Personal Author(s) : Back,Kurt W. ; Davis,Keith E.

Report Date : AUG 1961

Pagination or Media Count : 14

Abstract : The consistency of individual conformity to group pressure was investigated in three quite different situations - a perceptual judgment task, self reported acceptance of peer group norms, and self-reported acceptance of authoritative con formity pressures. There was a small but consis tent trend for persons who conformed in one sit uation to conform in the other two. Elaine G. Sofer's scale of Inner vs. Other-directedness was highly related to conformity in two of the three situations. A measure of acquiescent (or yea saying-naysaying) responding was unrelated to any of the conformity measures; but a measure of socially desirable responding predicted to judg mental yielding when the experimental group con tained at least one 'close friend.' Status in the peer group was negatively related to con formity when a competence criterion was employed but not when a popularity criterion was used. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*BEHAVIOR, GROUP DYNAMICS), (*GROUP DYNAMICS, SOCIOMETRICS), PERSONALITY.

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE