Peer Pressure

The Socially Complex Landscape of Middle School and High School

Posted by on Oct 16, 2016 in Alienation, Anxiety, Emotional Abuse, Peer Pressure | 0 comments

The Socially Complex Landscape of Middle School and High School

(As Seen In Blank Slate Media Publications in September 2016) Teen culture is social by nature. Some friendship groups welcome people to join while others are more selective. Selective group members make it clear that they are very particular about who they accept into their crowd. This type of restricted group is sometimes called a clique. Some cliques focus on maintaining their status and popularity over the shared interests, values, and beliefs of its members. A clique may try to make it seem like its members are “better” than those outside, or that their clique is of higher...

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Peer Pressure & Substance Abuse

Posted by on Oct 6, 2015 in Peer Pressure, Substance Abuse | 0 comments

Peer Pressure & Substance Abuse

(As seen in Anton Publication September 23 – 29, 2015) Would a teen really jump off the Brooklyn Bridge if all his friends were doing it? Hopefully not. We can try to tell our teenage son or daughter that they are falling off that bridge a little bit at a time every time they use drugs. They might listen or they might think that we are reciting the same hackneyed rhetoric that parents, who are no longer in touch with what it’s like to be a teenager, tell their children. The fact is school-aged children spend most of their time surrounded by their peers. Classmates and teammates far...

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