It’s normal for young people to worry about fitting in. Peer groups play an important role in young people’s lives, particularly during adolescence.
It’s often easy to find out who a teenager’s peers are by paying attention to who they socialise with and speak about. Teenagers must be able to Identity teen peer pressure, when it helps and hinders them, also, how they can develop their own individuality.
Peer pressure refers to the influence that these groups can have on how an individual thinks and acts
A teenager can experience peer pressure in varying degrees. Sometimes their peers may proactively influence them to behave in certain ways and at other times they may be just be tagging along. Both of these situations are based on seeking approval, but it is also possible for peer pressure to be a result of bullying; this is when a teenager fears being teased or physically hurt for not conforming.
Teenage peers are those the teenagers admire and consider to play an important role in their life. Depending on teenager’s lifestyle, they may have several different peer groups. They generally come from places where a teenager spends their time, for example; at school, in sport or hobby groups and in the local neighbourhood. If a teenager uses the internet, their peers can also include people they meet online through forums and social media platforms.
Effects of Peer Pressure on Teenagers
You may associate peer pressure with negative outcomes such as a teenager trying alcohol, smoking or drugs. However, peer pressure can also allow certain groups to have positive influences on teenagers. Peer pressure can influence any area of a teenager’s life, from their taste in music to their choice of school subjects.
Positive Effects of Peer Pressure Include:
- a sense of belonging and support
- increased self-confidence
- introduction to positive hobbies and interests
- reinforcement of positive habits and attitudes.
Negative Effects of Peer Pressure Include:
- Pressure to use alcohol, cigarettes or drugs
- Pressure to engage in risk taking behaviours
- Distraction from schoolwork
- Distance between family and existing friends
- Drastic changes in behaviour and attitudes.
Self-Esteem and Mental Health Issues
It’s important to remember that peer influence and pressure is a normal part of adolescence. Teenagers grow-up, and they start to move away from the parent-child relationship and seeking their own independence and identity, their peers will become more important to them. It is highly important for us at CTCI to make ourselves available to the teenagers.