Positive Peer Pressure

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Shannon L. Alder, the author of "300 Questions to Ask Your Parents Before It is Too Late" claims: "Peer pressure has the power to create a diamond, but it has to be the "right" pressure". This quotation means that there is both positive and negative pressure in today's world. It can influence a human to do something that is quite harmless or something that has more critical results. Positive peer pressure is when people inspire us to study by heart, join activities such as playing football, volleyball, or tennis. It is also said that positive peer pressure is the "push" we need to try something new. The question is what is negative pressure? Negative peer stress is commonly widespread nowadays, and it is when teenagers close to our age inspires…show more content…
The causing factors are that teenagers,whose families have intensive conflicts and usage of drugs, addict to illegal substances frequently.For example, when a daughter wants to wear a short dress with low-cut details to the school prom, a father does not let her wear, even go there. Then she may get offended, start crying and arguing; therefore, the father may accept this as a lack of respect. If he becomes quite angry, he may also begin to beat his daughter. As a result of that aggression, the daughter can get depressed and find having friends using illicit drugs as a way out. Based on this instance, Brook (1990) reported that levels of teenager drug abuse inclined to be fallen when disagreement among family members was low. A number of researchers have reported that narcotic use by family members has a relatively minor impact on teenager drug abuse (Akers & Cochran, 1985). It may have an indirect influence through the choice of peers; that is, if parents or siblings in the family use narcotic, adolescents are more eager to choose peers who use drugs. Eventually, it is obvious that the peers impact teenagers directly to addict to illegal…show more content…
In order to reduce the use of illegal drugs, North American and European governments dedicate millions of euros per year to decrease the flow of drugs into their countries. They call it drug-war policy, and the main purpose of this policy is to stop illicit drugs from entering the country and arrest frequent smugglers. The direct impact of drug prohibition affects the sellers of drugs and young buyers; therefore, it increases the price of selling substances and decreases the number of drugs supplied at any given price. Nevertheless, economists say that few drug addicts are likely to break their self-destructive habits in response to a higher price (Mark P. Taylor, 2006). They even start to find another way such as stealing money from their families or banks on account of supporting their habits, so it triggers directly drug-related crimes. However, it must also be recognized that teenagers are found to be especially more sensitive to the price of illegal drugs: a 10 percent increase in the cost leads to a 12 percent fall in adolescent drug abuse (Mark P. Taylor, 2006). Eventually, this solution is more effective than other three solutions because it is governmental and formal. Those solutions can fail because they depend on teenagers' psychology. These teenagers may deceive their parents with their attitudes at school, counselors' help may be effective in the short term,
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