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NCJ Number: 153950 Find in a Library
Title: Helping Children Handle Peer Pressure
Author(s): A Dubro
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 15
Sponsoring Agency: Bureau For At-Risk Youth
Plainview, NY 11803-0760
Publication Number: ISBN 1-56688-017-3
Sale Source: Bureau For At-Risk Youth
135 Dupont Street
P.O. Box 760
Plainview, NY 11803-0760
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This booklet discusses how parents can help maximize the positive influence of peers on their children, and minimize the negative influence of peers as well.
Abstract: Teenagers in particular are influenced by peers for decisions about clothes, music, social events and behaviors, dating, academic enthusiasm, and after-school activities. A child's peer group helps to develop feelings of security and acceptance in social settings. Teenagers who do not find love, acceptance, and emotional support within their family become more vulnerable to influences from their friends and are more likely to imitate their peers' behaviors. Peer pressure can also be positive by encouraging a child to do his best, discouraging a class bully, and providing valuable friendship. Characteristics that will help a child stand up to undesirable peer pressure include healthy self-esteem, a positive self-image, a sense of security, and assertive communication skills.
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Parental influence; Peer influences on behavior; Positive peer culture
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