Peer Pressure


Peer pressure refers to describing the pressure exerted by a peer group to change a person’s behavior, attitude, and morals to fit into a particular group setting.  There are two major settings where youth experience peer pressure.  One setting is in their home lives and the other in a school setting.


  • Lack of self-esteem
  • Allows others to make choices
  • Early drug use, smoking, sexual behaviors and alcohol use
  • Lack of interest in school work/grades
  • Imitate friends
  • Major change in attitude, depression 

What is normal?

In some cases peer pressure can be viewed as positive.  When blended with a good peer group they can help shape a healthy personality.  A good peer group inspires one another to bring about constructive changes for betterment.  A negative peer group can compel others to something they hate or do not enjoy.  It is a human tendency to do what the crowd does.  Few have the courage to resist peer pressure and be their own selves than mimicking others.

When you should seek help:

Here are some warning signs:

  • Visual lost of individuality, low self esteem, depression
  • Grades falling and/or refusal to go to school
  • Smoking and drinking
  • Always trying to fit in others standards
  • Letting friends make choices in their way of life in general
  • Defiant or oppositional behavior towards parent(s), lying
  • Complaints of the way they are viewed

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