Feb. 14, 2012
Peer Pressure Leading to Premarital Sex
Peer Pressure effects teens in many ways. Sex is a result of peer pressure. Every day we are influenced by the people around us, making peer pressure relevant in today’s society. The influence people have on other people could be positive or negative. Peer pressure is the result of negative influence. The need for acceptance, approval, and belonging is vital during the teen years. Teens who feel isolated or rejected by their peers or in their family are more likely to engage in risky behaviors in order to fit in with a group. In such situations, peer pressure can impair good judgment and fuel risk-taking behavior, drawing a teen away from the family and positive influences and luring into dangerous activities. Peer pressure can lead to teens having premarital sex. Teens are exposed to sex frequently throughout their teenage years. Studies have shown that schools are playing a big part in getting teens to practice abstinence. Abstinence education is popular in high school. It teaches teens how to handle peer pressure about sex. It also gives teens knowledge about the risk of premarital sex.
In my opinion, sex is most commonly brought up when talking about peer pressure. Everyday a girl/boy is being peer pressured into having sex with someone of the opposite gender. Being that there are many risk in having sexual intercourse at a young age, premarital sex has declined. The proportion of teenagers who reported having sexual intercourse rose steadily through the 1970s and 1980s, fueling an alarming rise in teen pregnancy. But that trend reversed around 1991 because of rising fears about sexually transmitted diseases, especially AIDS; changing social mores about sexual behavior; and other factors. At the same time, more teens reported using contraception. The trends have pushed the teen pregnancy rate to historic lows, especially among...