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Some friends however may try to influence you to

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Some friends, however, may try to influence you to participate in risky activities or behaviors that go against your values and the values of your family. In such cases, it’s probably best to end the relation- ship. Healthy relationships are based on mutual respect and caring. If a friendship isn’t con- tributing to your life in a positive way, it’s time to reevaluate that relationship. stereotype 305 Lesson 1 Safe and Healthy Friendships prejudice For more information about prejudice, see Chapter 13, page 342. Group outings with friends can provide you with a sense of belonging. Evaluate other positive effects of friends on mental/emotional health.
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Building and Strengthening Friendships Positive friendships are built on common values and interests. Having common values means friends won’t pressure each other to engage in unhealthy risk behaviors. Having common interests gives friends something to talk about and do together. There are many ways to strengthen a healthy friendship. Be loyal. Friends can trust and depend on each other. They don’t purposely do anything to hurt each other, and they always speak respectfully of each other. Encourage each other. A good friend is supportive and makes you feel good about yourself. Friends acknowledge each other’s accomplishments and help each other through difficult times. Respect each other. Common courtesy helps keep friendships strong. Avoid taking friends for granted. Being on time and keeping your promises will let your friends know that you care about and respect them. Applying Health Skills Communication Skills. With a classmate, role-play two scenarios. In the first, demonstrate skills that close friends would use to communicate needs, wants, and emotions. In the second, show how peers might express disagreement about an issue while still showing respect for themselves and each other. Reviewing Facts and Vocabulary 1. What are peers? 2. Define friendship. Identify four character traits on which friendships are based. 3. List two ways to strengthen a friendship. Thinking Critically 4. Evaluating. Interactions with friends and peers can have both positive and negative effects on all sides of your health triangle. Evaluate and provide examples of the positive and negative effects of peer relationships and friends on physical, mental/emotional, and social health. 5. Comparing and Contrasting. Evaluate the dynamics of social groups consisting of casual friends, close friends, and platonic friends. What qualities do these groups share? How do they differ? P R E S E N T A T I O N S O F T W A R E Use presentation software to develop a slide show that demonstrates strategies for communicating needs, wants, and emotions to peers. Find help in using presentation software at health.glencoe.com.
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