ERIC Number: ED035955
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Social Support and Conformity: The Role of Independent Assessment of Reality. Technical Report No. 83.
Allen, Vernon L.; Levine, John M.
This study investigated the role of one factor in the dramatic conformity reduction produced by a partner who agrees with S in the face of group pressure--the independent assessment of social and physical reality provided by the partner. Two social support conditions, varying only in S's perception of the partner's adequacy as a valid reference for making judgments, were created. A unanimous group was also included to provide a conformity baseline. Results indicated that conformity was significantly reduced in both social support conditions; moreover, the valid social supporter produced a significantly greater decrease in conformity than did the invalid partner. The data support the hypothesis that independent assessment of reality provided by a partner is crucial to the efficacy of social support in reducing conformity. (Author)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Research and Development Center for Cognitive Learning.