Peer pressure is seem everywhere in our current society, it affects everybody from adolescents to adults. It has many variations and situations where it is applied. In this paper I am going to take an overview of peer pressure and its different aspects, who it affects, the ups and downs of it as well. Although peer pressure is easy to give into with good rewards at the time being, it often leads to failure and unhappiness.
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“Tonight’s evening news carries a story about eight teenagers who attacked a male jogger in his twenties in a park a mile from my home. At a dinner party with friends I hear about their daughter’s grade nine graduation party where girls offered sex to the boys in exchange for 20$ bags of dope… Girls who attend the private school next to my office amble past my window, smoking. With their pleated tartan uniforms pulled up to look like mini skirts. A fast food outlet near my house has had to hire a security guard to make sure adolescents don’t loiter.” (Ungar 2007) We see a lot of this happening and we ourselves often experience this as well, sometimes in more ways that we realize. We hear the examples all the time, but which area seems to be more affected young teens or adults? The examples always seem more prevalent in the younger teens, skipping school, drugs, bullying and alcohol. But what exactly is peer pressure? According to http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-peer-pressure.htm “Peer pressure is a social influence exerted by others on an individual. The pressure is exerted in order to get someone to act or believe in a similar way. The peer pressure is acted out by a peer group against others, often be in an “everybody’s doing it” kind of way.” We all form different groups of friends as we get older and we usually try and do what it takes to fit in, after all we choose friends that are most compatible with us. The Gale Encyclopedia of Childhood and Adolescence states, ”Peers are the individuals with whom a child...
References: (Kagan J., Gall S. (Ed). (1998). The Gale Encyclodpedia of childhood and adolescence. )
Tate, T., & Copas, R. (2010). "Peer Pressure" and the Group Process: Building Cultures of Concern. Reclaiming Children & Youth, 19(1), 12-16. Retrieved from Academic Search Complete database.
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