Teenage Peer Pressure

By: Christopher Grussing, Breanna Anderson, Kate Anderson

What is Peer Pressure? (Kate)

Peer pressure is when you feel you 'have to' do something that you might not usually choose to do.
  • typically happens when you choose to fit in, or 'be cool' amongst your peers.


http://bullying.about.com/od/Basics/a/Peer-Pressure-And-Bullying-What-Is-The-Connection.htm

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.

How does it affect the brain? (Breanna)

During adolescence, the frontal lobes of the brain develop quickly, causing axioms in the region to have a coating of fatty myelin, which insulates them and causes the frontal lobes to effectively communicate with other brain regions.


  • 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.

http://theodysseyonline.com/emory/power-positive-peer-pressure/192721

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


http://www.buzzle.com/articles/peer-pressure-statistics.html

Peer Pressure - Adolescent Issues.

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)

Statistics (Kate)

  • 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.