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Peer pressure is one of the most difficult issues facing youth today. Peer pressure is the pressure to conform, to act against your will or judgment for social reasons. It forces you to do things you are not comfortable with. Think about it. Your teenager spends much more time with peers than with family members. The communication is direct, and much more powerful than the influence of teachers and other authority figures. Peer pressure can lead to testing drugs and alcohol, skipping school, and various high-risk behaviors. If you notice a sudden change in your child's appearance, clothing, and attitude, especially if accompanied by secretive behavior, he or she may be give in to the influences of peers.
Youths: Have you ever felt like you had to act the way your friends did. You may think to yourself even then “this isn’t me”. Or you were given a cigarette or some alcohol and felt you had to try it so that everyone could see that you are cool, or at least, not “un” cool. Peer pressure comes at you in many forms, from many directions and can affect you on daily basis. Think: “What pressure did I face today?” But peer pressure is not always negative. There are negative and positive effects of peer pressure. Peer pressure can be positive if the peers help change the person for the better. However youths are not the only ones who feel peer pressure. Adults feel it too, even though they don’t admit it. In fact, most advertising on radio and television takes advantage of adult peer pressure. Sometimes peer pressure negatively affects adults just as it does to youths. Many adults worry too much about what other people will think. When that happens, they make foolish decisions.
How successfully you handle peer pressure depends a great deal on how you feel about yourself and your place in the world. There are certain "risk factors" for peer pressure,…...

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