University Southern California
Thirteen Adolescence is probably the hardest stage of development anyone will every experience. It is a time of growth that is the most crucial in defining who one will be as they get older. Adolescence is the age things begin to change emotionally and physically. It is already difficult enough without life 's complications of peer pressure, unexpected disappointments, and finding out the ones we look up to end up letting us down the most. Peer pressure tends to have more of an effect on children with low self-esteem. If a child feels compelled to fit in, the teen may do things that go against his or her beliefs simply to be part of the group. Peer pressure can lead to experimentation with drugs and alcohol, sex, skipping school, and various high-risk behaviors. Adolescent decision making is likely to be influenced by the goal of achieving positive relations with group members. According to Godbold research indicates that adolescents often turn to their peers for behavioral direction when making decisions about alcohol use, and adolescents over estimate the number of their peers who consume alcohol. In the movie Thirteen Tracy lives with her mother, Melanie, and older brother. Tracy and her mother had a good relationship and Tracy never got in trouble. Her parents divorced years ago which resulted in a poor relationship with her father. Tracy 's mother, Melanie has difficulty financially working as a hair stylist however always made sure her children had what they needed. Tracy 's mother provides inadequate supervision and has a history of alcohol or drug dependence. Melanie also had a live in boyfriend whom also struggled with drug addiction which caused a strain in Tracy and her relationship. Thirteen-year-old Tracy Freeland was a straight A student who writes poetry. But Tracy longs to be popular and well-respected at her Los Angeles middle school.
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