An adolescent’s peers can be the most influential social relationship in their life. Strong peer relationships help achieve two of an adolescents most critical tasks: finding independence from their parents and developing their own personal identities. Therefore, peer relationships are a crucial part of development. The movie “The Sandlot” accurately portrays the role of peers in adolescence by the main character, Scotty, who is transformed by those he hangs-out with. For example, Scotty had never chewed tobacco or even knew what it was until it was introduced to him by his peers. The influence of his peers and the absence of knowledge from his parents caused him to fall to peer pressure and chew tobacco. Scotty’s group of friends would be considered a clique because they excluded others from joining unless approved by the entire group. Also, there was a specific leader of the group of friends in “The Sandlot” named Benjamin Rodriguez, this is another defining feature of a clique. Finally, because the group of friends only hung out with each other and did not associate with other groups, this marked them as being a clique. It is important that young people associate with the right people because studies show that the people you hangout with will be the same characteristics that you adapt. Cliques are a part of growing up and is typically seen among middle and high school aged students, the immaturity of being exclusive and non-inclusive will dissipate throughout life, in most cases. It is important to choose friends wisely!
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