From the website: 'The more comfortable a teen is with their identity, the less susceptible they will be to negative peer pressure.
The very nature of adolescence compels teens to keep a close eye on their peers. They are struggling to define their own identities, and because they’re not yet sure who they are, they’re self-conscious and curious about how other people behave. It’s natural for them to try to understand themselves by looking at their friends to see how others are resolving the same issues.
Even little kids worry about making friends and being liked. But during adolescence, these fears intensify. Adolescence brings with it so much awkwardness and uncertainty, as teens find their bodies, interests, and priorities all changing at once. Belonging to a group of friends affirms their self-worth and supports them as they negotiate the rocky path toward adulthood. As they distance themselves from their parents, they increasingly use their friends as their primary confidants and rely upon their advice and support.
1. Positive peer pressure. Any situation in which peers support and encourage constructive actions for one another is positive peer pressure.
2. Neutral peer pressure. This is the naturally occurring peer pressure to go along with the crowd in a way that’s not harmful to others. This type of pressure occurs frequently in the teenage years and should not be considered a problem.
3. Negative peer pressure. Something that places a teen in danger or is hurtful to others is cause for concern.'
Dr. Neil I. Bernstein's "How to Keep Your Teenager Out of Trouble" (c) 2001
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