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The Myth of Peer Pressure The journal article that is going to be reviewed is The Myth of Peer Pressure is written by Michael T Ungar The hypothesis of this journal article is What role do friends and peer groups play in the lives of teenagers It was thought that experiences of power in relationships with peers might some how protect high-risk youths against the impact of biopsychosocial risk factors Ungar 6 Some of these biopsychosocial risk factors are poverty mental illness of one or both parents physical and sexual abuse neglect or mental disorders The research participants were 41 high-risk adolescents ranging in age from 13- 18 To be deemed High-risk the adolescents must have three or more of the biopsychosocial factors The study was voluntary and the participants must have been in some type of therapy in the last 12 months Portions of the participants in the study were from the authors practice Two groups were enabled The first group consisted of 21 white adolescents there were 12 females and 9 males All of the adolescents were living in Ontario Canada The study of these adolescents had begun after treatment had ended The study of these adolescents took place from December 1992 to December 1993 The second group was made up of 20 adolescents 4 females and 16 males The adolescents in the youth facility were in custody and this could play into the research The adolescents were all located in a closed facility for young children in Eastern Canada All of these adolescents were the authors clients This second groups research was taken from September 1995 to March 1997 The clinical relationships with the adolescents helped to gain a trust with the researchers The research consisted of two interviews of each adolescent The interviews were about one to one and a half hours a research assistant did them The first interview had open-ended questions concerning adolescents mental health relationships experiences
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