Bulletin of the Psychonomic Society

, Volume 11, Issue 4, pp 267–269 | Cite as

A cross-cultural study of obedience

  • Mitri E. Shanab
  • Khawla A. Yahya
Article

Abstract

Using Milgram’s paradigm, 48 Jordanian college students were tested for obedience. It was found that the experimental subjects gave significantly more shocks than the control subjects. Unlike the experimental subjects, the control subjects were free to either give or not give shock. There was no difference in obedience rate between male and female subjects. In terms of overobedience, 62.5% of the experimental and 12.5 of the control subjects continued to deliver shock to the end of the shock scale.

References

  1. Kilham, W., & Mann, L. Level of destructive obedience as a function of transmitter and executant roles in the Milgram obedience paradigm. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 1974, 29, 696–702.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. Mantell, D. M. The potential for violence in Germany. Journal of Social Issues, 1971, 27, 101–112.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. Milgram, S. Behavioral study of obedience. Journal of Abnormal and Social Psychology, 1963, 67, 371–378.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  4. Milgram, S. Obedience to authority. New York: Harper & Row, 1974.Google Scholar
  5. Shanab, M. E., & Yahya, K. A. A behavioral study of obedience in children. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 1977, 35, 530–536.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  6. Sheridan, C. L., & King, R. G. Obedience to authority with an authentic victim. Proceedings of the American Psychological Association, 1972, 7, 165–166.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© The Psychonomic Society, Inc. 1978

Authors and Affiliations

  • Mitri E. Shanab
    • 1
  • Khawla A. Yahya
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyCalifornia State UniversityFresno
  2. 2.University of MordanAmman

Personalised recommendations