TEEN LIFE: Types of Peer Pressure (It’s Not All Bad!)
Many teenagers today face peer pressure on a daily basis. Peer pressure is defined as the influence on your teen’s behavior from their social group. Peer pressure isn’t always bad, though, as many people believe. Here are some different types of peer pressure:
Positive peer pressure- As stated above, peer pressure can be positive at times. When friends push other friends to excel in something or do great things, this helps teenagers feel confident and empowered. Examples of positive peer pressure include pressuring a friend to follow the rules at home and at school and convincing a friend to join the drama club.
Negative peer pressure– As much as we would all like for peer pressure to be positive, unfortunately that is not always the case. Negative peer pressure can be either spoken or unspoken. Spoken peer pressure is when someone verbally tries to get another person to do something, that may not always be in their best interest. Unspoken peer pressure is the result of one person seeing or hearing what others are doing. Examples of negative peer pressure include pressuring a friend to smoke or drink alcohol or watching what other teens are wearing as the latest fashion fad.
Movies featuring peer pressure– Many parents aren’t aware of this, but there are several movies that deal with the subject of peer pressure in one way or another. Thirteen is a 2003 movie that focuses on Tracy Freeland, an honor student who turns to a life of drugs and self-harm when she meets and becomes friends with Evie Zamora. The Pregnancy Pact is a 2010 television movie based on real-life events. The movie focuses on a group of girls at Gloucester High School, who decide to all become pregnant at the same time.
Statistics on peer pressure- When it comes to underage drinking, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism states that, mainly due to peer pressure, about 35% of teens have had at least one drink by the age of 15. On the topic of self-harm, the Mayo Clinic says that teens who have friends that self-injure, are likely to do it themselves. When it comes to cell phones and driving, the Teen Driver Source states that 19% of teenagers would stop using their cell phones while driving, as long as their friends did the same.
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