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Peer Pressure

  • By: Jill S. Lange
  • In: Encyclopedia of School Psychology
  • Edited by: Steven W. Lee
  • Subject:School/Educational Psychology (general), School Psychology, Educational Psychology

According to Robyn Feller's Everything You Need to Know About Peer Pressure (1993), peer pressure is what causes people to do things that are popular in order to fit in with others. Accordingly, it can be a very powerful driving force in the lives of adolescents. Peer pressure is a common experience of life for most teenagers. Peers are usually regarded as the people who are of similar age to a person, such as the other members of class in school, or the other boys in a troop of Boy Scouts. Because peer status is especially important during middle school and high school, pressures from other teens can be a driving force that influences the behavior of teenagers positively or negatively. Adolescents spend so ...

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