Hypothesis On Conformity

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Conformity is the tendency for an individual to change their attitude, opinion or behaviour to adhere to existing social norms. A well-known study of this concept is the Asch conformity experiment, a series of studies directed by psychologist Solomon Asch studying if and how individuals yield to or defy a majority group, and the effect of these influences (McLeod, 2008). In this investigation, the aim is to determine the effect that family size has on conformity, through a common-sense questionnaire to be completed by the participants. It is expected that participants with larger families, will be more affected by conformity.
Hypothesis: A participant with a larger family size is more likely to conform compared to a participant with a smaller family size.
Participants: The participants of this study are 37 Year 11 students in two psychology classes at Saint Aloysius College. All participants are female, and 16-17 years of age.

The hypothesis was not supported when considering the results obtained through the investigation.
The table and graph showed that participants with a larger family size showed lower conformity levels than those with a smaller family size. Participants with no siblings had an average conformity score of 11, participants with one sibling decreased very slightly to 10.95 and those with more than one sibling had a significantly lower score of 8.9. The trend of the graph particularly is contradictory to the
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