Peer Pressure Research Paper

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A Research Paper
Good Friends and Not…

In Partial Fulfillment of the
Course Requirements in COMM101
Expository Writing

The researcher would like to dedicate this research to her family who had inspired her and supported her in making the research. She also dedicates this not only to her friends but also to all of the teenagers who are experiencing peer pressure.

Good Friends and Not…
I. Peer Pressure
A. Definition
B. Types of Peer Pressure
1. Positive Peer Pressure
2. Negative Peer Pressure
a. Spoken or Direct
b. Unspoken or Indirect
C. Where does Peer Pressure come from
1. Peers
a. Definition
b. Functions
c. Statuses
c.1. Popular
c.2. Neglected
c.3. Rejected
c.4. Controversial
2. Adolescent Groups
a. Functions and Formation
a.1. Norms
a.2. Roles
b. Cliques and Crowds
b.1. Nerd
b.2. Beauty Queen
b.3. Sportsman
b.4. Hippies
b.5. Perfectionist
b.6. Addicts
D. effects or Influence of Peer Pressure
1. Positive
2. Negative
a. Alcohol another drug case

“The only people who are worth being friends with are the people who like you as you are.”
-Charlotte Levy

In the stage of being a teenager there are times when they are trying to find their identity and the way to find out is by joining groups or clubs. It can be really lonely having no peer groups. The enjoyment of a group that can form a personality that they will might carry for a long time or even through their life. In some ways a teenager’s life can be influenced in the way his group behaves. It depends on how each one cooperates with each other.

Although there’s a need to be accepted, it doesn’t mean that a teenager could just join a group just to say that he is accepted which can cause harm to his life. This is where peer pressure enters. It doesn’t really means that peer pressure goes along in a negative way. There are just some chances that teenager are pressured to do something that they don’t really want to do or sometimes they doesn’t even know that they are being pushed to do it. They can’t sometimes realize that they are already doing dumbest and senseless things for the only reason of being accepted.

In different peer groups, they have different ways that they know that they will be recognize and this is called as their image. Because of this image they will be forced in doing things that this certain group does that they really wouldn’t want to do. But for the sake of being in a group and being accepted they just follow the trend.

It can really be hard to be in a group, most of all if they’ve join the wrong one. There they would feel like they are uncertain of themselves thinking if this is what they really are as they try to deal with different pressures and changes in the group. Having friends or peers of the same age and with the same interest can sometimes be really difficult and serious.

What really is peer pressure? How can it affect you? Would be in a negative or positive way? Or maybe even both? Have you been doing things that you don’t like just because of it? Can it be because it had already influenced you? Is peer pressure a good thing or a bad thing?

I. Peer Pressure
A. Definition
(Figure 1.1)
Peer Pressure

The need to be accepted by others formulates the idea of “peer pressure”. Teenage friendships can be very strong, with this strong bond they remain unbroken for rest of their life. Teenagers also try seeking to find their self-identity and to do so they join groups and clubs. It would be an ever lonely world having no peer groups. The wonders and enjoyments of group identity can form personality that they might carry on through their life. Since friendships are about loyalty and trust, they will find it hard to break away from their friends. However, too much adherence to loyalty may or may not later ruin their life. It is all because their life is influenced by...
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