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What is peer pressure?

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What is peer pressure?

Peer pressure refers to the influence wielded by people within the same social group. It can also be used to describe the effect this influence has on a person to conform in order to be accepted by the group.
Peer pressure is commonly thought of in a negative light, but it is not always a bad thing. Sometimes, peer pressure is used to positively influence people.

Signs you might be experiencing peer pressure:

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Avoiding school or other social situations

2.

Being very image-conscious

3.

Changes in behaviour

4.

Feeling like you don't fit in

5.

Low moods

6.

Making social comparisons

7.

Trouble sleeping

8.

Trying out new hair or clothing styles

Benefits of peer pressure

1.

Advice

2.

Encouragement

3.

Friendship and support

4.

Gaining new experiences

5.

Modelling good examples

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Practicing socialisation

Drawbacks of peer pressure

1.

Anxiety and depression

2.

Arguments/ distance from family and friends

3.

Distractions from academics

4.

Pressure to engage in risky behaviour

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Problems with self-esteem and self-confidence

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Sudden changes in behaviour

7.

Unhappiness with appearance

Tips for coping with peer pressure

1.

Plan ahead

2.

Give an excuse

3.

Build friendships with the right people

4.

Rely on trusted adults

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