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Peer pressure can influence a person to start smoking drinking or doing drugs and other things that are harmful to hisher body However peer pressure can also be helpful by influencing someone to do right instead of wrong For example a person can be an example to hisher friends and let them know heshe wants to do right and heshe wants to change how heshe acts or what heshe were like Peer pressure can be a struggle for some people because they may be depressed by what they have done or what people done to hurt their feelings in the past Peer pressure can make a person feel really bad about himherself but a person must remember that peer pressure can be good or bad Peer Pressure has been blamed for adolescent behaviors ranging from choice in clothing to drug usage A new study says that the effects of peer pressure on teenagers behavior may be highly overrated This study published in Addiction Vol 91 No 2 adds to a growing body of research that suggests peer pressure is a weaker factor in adolescent behavior than many had believed When there is so much emphasis on peer pressure theres a tendency not to discuss or not to look hard for evidence of other factors We went back and tried to critically examine the importance of peer pressure Researchers did studies over a twenty year spand to find that peer pressure was easily blamed for teenage behavior but never examined Other factors such as family life economic background environment and biological tendencies all may be as important or even more important than peer pressure in determining behavior Kids who smoke tend to choose kids who smoke as friends Children who have the same habits have a tendency to hang together Peer pressure may be least factor in the use of drugs and other habits related to teenage life but nonetheless peer pressure is a factor that
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