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The Difficulties of Being a Teenager

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The Difficulties of Being a Teenager

“Go on.” “Everybody’s doing it.” “It’s only one drink.” “You’re such a
I didn’t know what to do. All these voices were repeating over
and over in my head. I didn’t want to give into them because I knew
what I was doing was wrong. I didn’t want everyone to think I was
scared but what if my parents found out. Why was I here? Are these
people really my friends if they are really doing this to me? These
were the questions that I didn’t know the answers to. I knew in my
heart it was wrong but I gave in. This is usually the typical outcome
of a scene like this. It is called peer pressure. It can be seen in
many different places. In this essay I am going to look at different
ways in which teenagers can be influenced by peer pressure.
Many teenagers try cigarettes, drugs or alcohol. It is likely
that they take their first cigarette, drink or drug because of
pressure from peers or friends. The influence of friends who smoke is
the main reason teenager’s start, althou...

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...have many peer
relationships, and they confront multiple “peer cultures” that have
remarkably different normal and value systems. The adult perception of
peers as having one culture or a dangerous influence is inaccurate.
More often than not, peers reinforce family values, but they have the
potential to encourage problem behaviors as well. Although the
negative peer influence is over-emphasized, more can be done to help
teenagers experience the family and the friends group as mutually
constructive environments.

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