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Peer pressure in teenagers

Post by on Sunday, March 6, 2022

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Peers can be anyone in your social network or circle that has a certain influence on you.

Peer groups provide an out-of-the-box view. Members of the peer group also learn to develop relationships with others in the social system. Peers, especially members of the group, become an important reference in the community in educating other members about different cultures, social norms, and different perspectives.

Peers play a vital role in the development of children and adolescents socially and emotionally. Their influence begins at a young age and develops during adolescence. It is natural, healthy and important for children to have friends and to rely on friends as they grow and mature.

Peer pressure is a process in which people in one group influence others in the group to engage in behavior or activities that they do not share.

Peer pressure can be good or bad. Coping with peer pressure is about finding the right balance between you and your team.


Benefits of being part of a peer group:

? Availability of resources.

? Freedom to share ideas.

? Professional and emotional support.

? Accountability.

? Information.

? Better mental and physical health.

Peer pressure involves doing something that one would not normally do, in order to fit in with friends. Peer pressure can be good or bad.

Researchers say that peer pressure can have a debilitating effect on young people's minds, but it can also be a force for good.

Peer pressure can really be beneficial. It can motivate a person to do something that he may not have the strength or ability to do. It can also help them to make decisions based on the opinions of those in similar circumstances.


Benefits of peer pressure

? It can be a way to help you learn good habits.

? Peer pressure can help you to adjust to different cultures.

? It can help you to break free from bad habits.  

? Peer pressure can make good decisions.

? It can help you to be emotionally flexible.

Peer pressure is a thing in which especially young people, are influenced by peers. Like the two sides of a coin, peer pressure has its positive and negative points.

Negative peer pressure can lead young ones into bad habits. It can lead to alcohol and drug abuse, neglect of schooling, or other serious health risks. 

Negative traits: Alcohol addiction, smoking, and drug abuse are common among peer pressure. A person may desire to do these things contrary to his will in order to be accepted into the group.

Negative peer pressure can also affect mental health. It can lower self-esteem and lead to poor academic performance, distance from family and friends, or increased stress and anxiety. Left untreated, this can lead to teen suicide and even suicidal thoughts.

Peer pressure affects the brain

According to a study from Temple University, peer pressure affects the brain signals involved in the department of risk and reward, especially when young people are close friends. Compared with adults in the study, adolescents were at higher risk of being at risk that they would not normally put themselves in when they were with friends.

Peer pressure affects the learning process

Peer pressure can cause students to do or say things that they are not accustomed to doing or saying. This is not always a bad thing, pressuring a student to study hard or resist bullying can have a positive effect.

Peer pressure plays a key role in making decisions

Although it can be difficult for young people to cope with peer pressure at times, especially in hot weather, it can have a positive effect. Just as humans can influence others to make bad decisions, they can influence people to make good decisions.So, when it comes to decision making, the choice is yours.


The cause and effect of peer pressure

Causes of peer pressure include a need to enter, confidence, fear of rejection, and often the need to feel safe and secure with peers. The effects of peer pressure can be devastating and can have far-reaching effects. Peer pressure is most common in 12-19 years.

Peer pressure is one of the most powerful forces you must deal with, and you do not always have the right attitude.


Causes of peer pressure

l    Weak personality

l     Fear of rejection

l     Public acceptance

l     Avoid bullying

l     Better cooling

l     People want to be loved

l     Hormonal reasons

l     Raising children badly

l     Religion

l     Cultural values

l     Personal confusion

l     Mental problems

Effects of peer pressure

l     Changes in school performance

l     Changes in attitude

l     Changes in visual appearance

l     Changes in the way you go to school

l     Changes in political views

l     Bullying

l     Anorexia

l     Good works

l     Drug use

l     Accidents


Solutions forcoping with peer pressure


?School classes should discuss this topic: To reduce the negative effects of peer pressure, schools should educate school children about peer pressure and its impact on their present and future lives. With this education, children can be better prepared to resist peer pressure and to act accordingly.

?Parents should build their children's confidence in them: It is also important for parents to trust their children so that they do not rely too much on convincing others. If children have self-confidence and know what they want and do not want to do, they will know. They are less likely to engage in criminal activity because of peer pressure.

?Changes in our value systems: We must also change our values in a way that ideas and religion no longer determine our actions in an extreme way. This does not mean eliminating religious beliefs. By changing our values, children and young people are less likely to be involved in religious persecution because of peer pressure.

?Parents should take into account the changes in their children's behavior: In order to combat the negative effects of peer pressure, it is also important for parents to monitor their children's behavior and pay close attention to behavioral changes. Such changes may indicate that children are being influenced by peer pressure. In that case, parents should talk to their children about what is happening and take action before things get out of hand.

?Parents should be aware of their kid’s behavior changes: The same is true with changes in attitudes. If you, as a parent, see a change in your child's thinking, you need to find out what is happening. Often, your child will associate with false friends who are members of dangerous organizations. By talking to your child and making it clear that strong opinions are based on flawed arguments, you may be able to prevent your child from getting emotionally involved.

?Help children find their passion: Another powerful way to protect your children from the harmful effects of peer pressure is to support them in finding their love. If children have recreational activities that are very important to them, they are less likely to associate with friends who are involved in bad habits, who take drugs, and other things that can cause them problems.

?Teach children the effects of substance abuse: In many countries of our world, there is still very little education about substance abuse and related effects. Therefore, it is important that you as a parent teach your child why it can be dangerous to use drugs. By doing so, your child will be less likely to engage in drug abuse or drug abuse because of peer pressure.

?Get to know your children's friends: It may also be helpful to get to know the friends your child is associating with. Often, it is possible to determine the motives and the attitude of the people by simply talking to them for a moment. By getting to know your child's friends, you may be able to determine if those friends are really a problem for your children.


Ways to protect teenagers

Here are some ways in which you can protect your teenager from being influenced by negative peer pressure.

If you have problems with peer pressure, talk to a trusted adult, such as a parent, a teacher, or a school counselor. 

The following points may be considered in case you find yourself in the company of a peer.

?Encourage open and honest communication with your elders, anyone you are comfortable with.

? Learn how to say "no," and practice avoiding or getting out of situations that make you feel unsafe or uncomfortable.

? Spend time with other children who are resisting peer pressure. It helps to have at least one friend who is also willing to say "no."

?If you have problems with peer pressure, talk to a trusted adult, such as a parent, a teacher, or a school counselor.

? Stay away from peers who pressure you to do things that seem wrong or dangerous.


Peers can influence everything from what an individual chooses to wear to whether or not they engage in drug related or other delinquent behavior. Many individuals are taught the negative effects associated with peer pressure but few are shown the importance and necessity for peer pressure.

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