Teenage Peer Pressure
By: Christopher Grussing, Breanna Anderson, Kate Anderson
What is Peer Pressure? (Kate)
- typically happens when you choose to fit in, or 'be cool' amongst your peers.
Causes of Peer Pressure (Chris)
Curiosity: a teenager might experiment to see what something their friends are doing is all about
Desire to Fit In: trying something in order to not be left out or be part of an certain group.
Lack of Structure at Home: without proper parental guidance at home, some children may not know what is socially acceptable.
Types of Peer Pressure (Kate)
- Insult- making a person feel bad for not doing something, so that they eventually will
- Reasoning- pressure by giving a person reasons why they should do something
- Rejection- pressure by threatening to end a relationship or a friendship
- Unspoken Pressure- seeing your peers doing/wearing something that pressures you.
In this picture, these boys are influencing the boy in the middle to try some alcohol. While attempting this, they find multiple ideas that make it sound like trying alcohol is a good thing.
In this picture, the boy in the orange sees his peers wearing black and is thinking about changing his style so he can fit in with them.
This picture shows a group of kids making fun of someone for not trying something new that they all do.
How does it affect the brain? (Breanna)
- This helps young adults develop judgment and self-control needed to resist peer pressure.
- A recent study shows that the prefrontal cortex also plays a role in how teens respond to peer pressure.
Positive Effects of Peer Pressure (Breanna)
Positive peer pressure can be a force for good and beneficial change in a teen’s life. Positive peer pressure occurs when someone's peers try to influence her or him to do something positive, uplifting, or growth building which affects their behavior and attitude for the better.
Negative Effects of Peer Pressure (Chris)
Teens may be pressured into poor choices
May cause side effects that bleed into one's personal life
May cause social out casting on both sides
Ways to Deal with Peer Pressure (Kate)
- Boost an individuals confidence
- Avoid Situations
- Smart vs. Stupid
- Blame Parents
- Choose like mind Friends
- Ways to Refuse
https://www.pinterest.com/explore/peer-pressure/ (picture to left)
Only 10 percent of teenagers surveyed said that they had not been influenced by peer pressure.
- 28% of teenagers agreed that giving into peer pressure improved their social standing.
- 67% of teen girls are pressured to dress a certain way.
- 44% of all teens are pressured to lie, steal, or cheat.