Conformity to peer pressure in preschool children.

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Journal Article

Both adults and adolescents often conform their behavior and opinions to peer groups, even when they themselves know better. The current study investigated this phenomenon in 24 groups of 4 children between 4;2 and 4;9 years of age. Children often made their judgments conform to those of 3 peers, who had made obviously erroneous but unanimous public judgments right before them. A follow-up study with 18 groups of 4 children between 4;0 and 4;6 years of age revealed that children did not change their "real" judgment of the situation, but only their public expression of it. Preschool children are subject to peer pressure, indicating sensitivity to peers as a primary social reference group already during the preschool years.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Haun, DBM; Tomasello, M

Published Date

  • November 2011

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 82 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 1759 - 1767

PubMed ID

  • 22023172

Pubmed Central ID

  • 22023172

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1467-8624

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0009-3920

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/j.1467-8624.2011.01666.x

Language

  • eng