Compliance and Identification - AQA A-Level Psychology (HELP)

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Hi, sorry in advance for a very confusing question.

In the textbook (the pink/green hair one) identification is defined as something along the lines of "public change in a person's behavior/opinions to fit in with the group (because they identify with it) even if privately the person does not agree with everything the group stands for".

However, other resources (mostly revision websites) define 'identification' as "private change in a person's opinions/behavior which is usually short-term and stops when the group pressure stops". This definition makes more sense as it differentiates 'identification' much better from 'compliance'. Compliance is basically 'going along with others in public' and that your personal opinions do not change.

I literally spent hours researching into this because I am afraid of using the definitions from the website, given how strict examiners are with keywords. Does anyone know which definition is 'better' for the exam?

I would love some help with this. Thanks
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Identification states: public change in a persons behaviour because there's something in the group they value.

Compliance states: public change in a persons behaviour because they fear of disapproval and social rejection.

Ignore what other websites/resources say. The pink/green haired book has been voted by the AQA making it the official book for studying. Everything on that book is correct!
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(Original post by Kaaiowo)
Identification states: public change in a persons behaviour because there's something in the group they value.

Compliance states: public change in a persons behaviour because they fear of disapproval and social rejection.

Ignore what other websites/resources say. The pink/green haired book has been voted by the AQA making it the official book for studying. Everything on that book is correct!
oh so the difference between the two types of conformity isn't in how the person conforms but why they conform. That really does help, I was going insane trying to think of the differences.

Thank you!! I think I become easily anxious about how accurate the information presented is so always do extra research and that leads to confusion. This helped a lot, cheers x
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