Conformity Among Adolescents

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Synonyms

Compliance; Conformists; Obedience; Peer groups; Peer influences; Peer pressure; Social competence; Social influence

Definition

Conformity among adolescents refers to the degree of compliance (e.g., peer pressure or fitting in) with peer defined socially acceptable norms on how to act, think, and feel.

Description

During the early 1950s and 1960s a new concept that dominated the field of psychology was formed called; “social psychology” that emphasized that all people have a desire to essentially fit in with a group or follow socially accepted norms to avoid being labeled as an outcast [4]. The world is filled with people who long to feel a sense of belonging to a group or a relational connection with other people. Those whom are unable to achieve this need to fit in may then start to feel socially excluded, oppressed, rejected, or regarded as social deviants. This need to fit in or be accepted by peers typically is most prevalent in the adolescent year ...