Social Influence - Independent Behaviour
Locus of Control Rotter (1966)
Locus of control refers to the extent to which individuals believe that they can control events that affect them.
Internal Locus of Control: Individuals with an internal locus of control believe they can affect the outcomes of situations, Rotter believed that these individuals are more resistent to social pressure as they believe they have a free choice.
External Locus of Control: Individuals with an external locus of control believe things happen regardless of their ctions and often use the word 'fate' to explain this. These individuals are also less likely to accept responsibility for their own actions.
LOC may also be another reason for resisting pressures to conform. This may be the case for individuals with an internal LOC as they will have an increasing sense of responsibility. This may mean you will not conform with others who are breaking rules etc.