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Peer Pressure PEER PRESSURE Unit 6 Project: Peer Pressure: Not All Negative Carrie L. Simons Kaplan University CM220-18 Prof. Joy Holster September 6, 2010
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Peer Pressure “ A healthy part of every child’s development is involvement with their peers. This is especially true during adolescence, as teenagers develop a sense of independence from their parents,” as stated by Bruce A. Epstein, M.D., in the Importance of Peer Pressure (Witmer, D.) Peer pressure can be either positive or negative. How a teen handles it, will show what kind of adult he or she will become. Will they be a leader or a follower? Positive pressure usually leads to a respectful, healthy adult; while negative pressure can lead to a life that is full of anger, guilt, and regret. A person or a group of people around the same age, who have experiences and interests similar to each other is the definition of the term “peer.” Peers are everywhere, could be a close friends, someone at school, church, anywhere in the community. While “peer pressure” is defined as the pressure that one feels from his or her peers. Peers influence the way we dress, act, things we are involved in and attitudes. This can include many different activities that can be either positive or negative. While there is peer pressure among all age groups, the pressure that teens have to deal with is more often extremely hard to ignore. Even though there is both types peer pressure, we hear more about the negative, it is more newsworthy. With positive peer pressure the goal is to find the good in each other, to help bring out the positive side of a situation. To find positive peer pressure, there are clubs, groups, and friends who want to find positive things to do instead of negative things. Following rules, showing respect, not smoking, not drinking, abstaining from sex, and doing good in school are just some of the positive pressures you can have among your peers. When you have positive influences in your life you will learn how to be respectful, honest, hard
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