The Effectiveness of Obedience and Conformity in Groups


Human beings are social creatures that follow codes of ethics in every aspect of their interaction. People interact through different platforms such as church and girls scout groups. The degree of obedience ensures a peaceful correlation amongst the individuals during the interaction. Presentation will emphasize the effectiveness of groups based on the social psychological concepts. The focus will be groups’ social concept based on the church and girls scout team that I was a member of.

Church Group

I joined a church group that consisted of youths aged 15-25 years. The group’s primary purpose was to provide support and necessary care to the elderly parents in the community. It also helped in bringing together all the adolescents by connecting them. Furthermore, it promoted spiritual development through sharing sermons amongst the members. The group also advocated against using drugs by young people in society.

Roles of the Group

The group members visited the sick and older people to help them with chores and other sensitive activities. The team organized games for youths to enhance their interaction. As a member, my role was to educate young people about the consequences of abusing substances. I was given the mandate to lead members in prayer sessions. I also mediated in cases where some congregants disagreed on critical issues.

Group Norms

During the group’s initiation, members agreed on principles that would guide people’s behavior. The group required all individuals to treat each other with respect. Participants were to be open-minded and involved in group activities. Furthermore, any member was expected to act in the team’s interest (Charness & Chen, 2020). People were not to play politics which could hinder the group’s performance. Before attending a meeting, members were to prepare effectively to enhance participation

Church Group Dynamics

To enhance the efficacy of the group and the interaction of members, some strategies defined the activities of the associates. Group officials were in charge of communicating information to members. During decision-making, members voted publicly to support or reject the given proposal. Leaders evaluated the performance of each participant in the group. In case of disagreement, the arbitration process was used to find the solution.

Girls Scout Group

I was a member of the girls’ scout group in the school. The club consisted of teenage girls in the middle adolescence stage. Registration was necessary for anyone willing to join the team. Girls scout group aimed at empowering girls to become better women in the future. Members provided financial aid to teenagers who needed support. The team focused on developing leadership abilities, good character, confidence, and compassion.

Group Roles

Girls scout group performed an array of activities in the society. Members cleaned social places and offered essential support during disasters. The scouting troops entertained guests during special occasions. I offered assistance to the budgeting department to plan and buy needed stuff. When new individuals joined the club, I helped leaders offer them the required training. Moreover, I advised young ladies in the group concerning their self-development.

Group Norms

During the group’s formation, members agreed on accepted values and norms to help the club survive. Scout girls were to be friendly and honest with each other. The virtue of love and caring was mandatory for the individuals to conform to the team. Mutual respect was necessary from leaders and members of the group. Diversity and equality were to be embraced for a better relationship.

Group Dynamics

Girls scout group had well-developed strategies that defined how it operates. Leaders communicated to members through a command line where information followed a proper channel (Levi & Askay, 2020). When making decisions, leaders and other stakeholders were the sole decision-makers. The support staff evaluated the performance of members and recommended the necessary changes. Girls scout group solved disagreements between members through negotiation.

Groups’ Social Psychology Concepts

The concept of social psychology played a vital role in influencing group behavior. The church group embraced cohesion, making it more active and efficient. The approach made members accept norms and values, thus creating proper behavior of members (Kassin et al., 2017). Social loafing of the girls’ scout group generated a gap between members as some individuals viewed themselves more superior (Rajaguru et al., 2020). This made the values and dynamics less effective, making the group have negative behavior.


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Kassin, S. M., Fein, S., & Markus, H. R. (2017). Social psychology (10th ed.). Cengage Learning

Levi, D., & Askay, D. A. (2020). Group dynamics for teams. Sage Publications.

Rajaguru, R., Narendran, R., & Rajesh, G. (2020). Social loafing in group-based learning: Student-created and instructor-created group perspectives. Education+ Training. Web.

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