This chapter presents the related literature and studies that support the study done regarding the peer pressure as a way to failure. Adolescents all go through different changes in life and learn to decide by themselves. Making decisions by themselves is tough but when other people get involved and try to pressure them in one way or another it can be even harder. There are people who can help them in deciding what is best for them, like their family, which is the best source of support and also the people who of the same group, like classmates, acquaintances or peers who always understands them in times as well. We often called them friends or so-called, peers.
In this essay I will argue that peer pressure is not good for self-development based on my researches and understandings. As a teenager myself, I believe that every teen will face a form of peer pressure growing up, whether it’s negative or positive. Loneliness and desire for acceptance often drives students to give in to negative peer pressure. We often hear about the dangers of peer pressure and its effect to teens. One of the negative effects is losing their interest in their hobbies.
Juggling with school, friends, family, planning for the future, sports, and maybe even having a job can be a lot of weight to carry on someone's shoulders. Sometimes teens feel that adults do not understand how they are feeling. Yes the adult will say, “I have experienced what you are experiencing” but they sometimes forget that this is a different time and generation. In an article from TIME magazine, it advises parents to go into deeper conversation with their teen instead of having basic
I know that buying a home is stressful for anyone, but I also knew that my anxiety was getting the best of me. Over the years I’ve learned to anticipate those feelings and try to work through them, but that one childhood event still has a huge impact on me every single day and I know that it has negatively affected my life course
Peer pressure is something you’ve probably all faced before in the past and it is an ongoing issue that should be addressed more frequently by schools and adults. Some say that there is a thing such as positive peer pressure but even something like this causes an immense amount of stress upon a teenager and no individual should have to be pressured into making a certain choice unless they themselves truly want to make it. Peer pressure is an extremely atrocious thing and it is truly saddening that so many teenagers are affected by it. Peer pressure brings extreme amounts of stress and pressure upon a teenager, will cause them to make negative choices, and may cause them to struggle in the future. First of all, peer pressure is extremely stressful for a teenager especially when they have to constantly deal with it every day just to fit in with their peers and feel at ease.
I would like to take Elkind’s concept of the adolescent personal fable a step further to include the stories about themselves that they tell other people. This aspect of the personal fable is a person’s own made up story about his life or some aspect of his life. This always comes from a place of insecurity within the person. This can be common during the early adolescent years; however, it is likely to carry over well into the late adolescent years and even into the adult years if the adolescent does not begin to develop a healthy sense of high self-esteem and realistic true sense of self. For example, countless times when I was working as a school psychologist, I would have a child come in for his weekly appointment.
According to Erikson, This is the stage where a child has to learn the roles he will occupy as an adult and it is during this stage that an adolescent will re-examine his or her identity and try to find out exactly who he or she is. Failure to establish an identity leads to role confusion or an identity crisis. (McLeod 2003) As a result of an identity crisis, an adolescent would explore many interest and possibilities and generally would be accepting of new ideas. I feel this relates to my situation as I do not feel as if I have a solid identity and still have a lot of possibilities and endeavors to discover before committing myself to one single solid identity to identify with. This relates with James Marcia’s
It is common for children to experiment with Alcohol and drugs though they have been warned several times of its consequences. This is primarily because of the young mindset which makes them feel imperishable and exempted from the consequence they see others face, but this is merely the mask of youth. Some teenagers simply experiment alcohol and drugs once and stop or continue only on occasion, while others develop an addiction which make them prone to try more dangerous forms of intoxicants which will adversely affect the health of these children. It is important to realize that adolescents diving into these habits is most often due to their life circumstances. These reasons are to be investigated and understood by parents and health workers to help their children recover.
He further states, a large contributor to this extreme behavior is due to adolescent’s newly developed intellectual capabilities. Adolescents start to develop the skill to see beneath the surface of situations and are also often bothered by contemplations and thoughts about life that preadolescents’ don’t even begin to ponder (Karpov 2005). This contemplation often involves self- reflection, for instance, the type of person they would like to be as opposed to the person they identify themselves to be. Karpov (2005) also considers this to be a contributor to their depressive mood. It can be noted that although self- reflection is a very important cognitive milestone, Karpov (2005) shows that as it stems from formal logical thought, we can concede that logical thought gives rise to risk behavior.
As the adolescent period proves to be an emotionally challenging time for youngsters as they transition from childhood to a young adult, tempers develop and most teens give into different pressures, rather than seeking help and advice from their parents. Factors that influence the initiation of risky behaviors include peer pressure, family issues and issues within the community, school and grades, lack of parental monitoring or personal problems. Some of the most common risky adolescent behaviors are early involvement in sexual activity, delinquency, and eating disorders, abusing prescription drugs, over-consumption of alcohol and use of illegal drugs. The International Journal of Child, Youth and Family Studies states that “these behaviors place youth at risk for threats to their well-being including alcohol and drug dependency or addiction, legal problems, health problems, teenage parenthood, or premature death”, and that these actions and consequences may carry on to adulthood