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The process of socialization from childhood through adulthood is marked by a considerable phase of trial, experimentation, rejection, and acceptance as the path through adolescence becomes directed by peer pressure. Peer pressure is usually thought of as a force that groups apply to teenagers in an effort to persuade them to try something that they may be adverse to, that is socially taboo, or act in a deviant manner.


The negative results of peer pressure can be quantified in terms of truancy, delinquency, contact with law enforcement, and eventual incarceration. Indeed, there is an explosion of youth deviance, sexual activity, and violence that affects us all. The results of peer pressure may be overt, but the causes are often more subtle and elusive. Understanding peer pressure is a critical factor in understanding the teenage years and mediating the potential bad decisions that are made by teenagers as they surrender their judgement to a group's expectations and norms. Peer pressure is a destructive force that has proliferated in the face of impersonal social institutions, diminished life choices, and families that fail to offer their children the emotional support necessary to develop a well-rounded sense of self-esteem and personal identity.
The issue of peer pressure has gained increasing importance in recent years due to the proliferation of pop culture media, social networking, availability of drugs, and the easy access to guns in our society. ...
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