Peer pressure can be positive as well as
negative. Read on to know more about the positive and negative effects of peer
Peer pressure is all about being accepted by the
group. Just like adults, teens too get caught in the mesh of this urge to fit
in. In the process they often fail to realise that they might be indulging in
activities that are either directly or potentially harmful to their well-being.
pressure can wreak havoc in the life of any individual. The
adolescent or a teen mind is still in the process of development thereby, they
are not really equipped to realise the harmful effects of peer pressure in a
clear manner. Here it is important to understand that all peer pressure is not
bad. Peer pressure can both be positive and negative and so are their effects.
of Positive Peer Pressure
Here are some of the positive effects of peer
pressure at school.
Improvement in AcademicPerformance
If the peer group happens to be in school, you will
discover a lot of positive changes happening in your teenager.
Since the urge to ‘belong’ to a peer group is all about feeling included and
accepted, there is also this natural tendency to behave and become ‘like’ other
members of a peer group. Therefore when the members of the peer
group believe in doing well in class and doing their
regular lessons with care, you will find your child also following suit.
The direct effect can be observed in the grades. The
teenager will not only learn to focus on his studies but will also show an
inclination in getting involved and participating is several extra curricular
and sports activities in school.
in Communication Skills
Whether the peer group comprises of school friends,
or cousins of an extended family, the effect can always be seen on your child.
Amongst the other apparent effects, you will find that the communication skills
of the teen improving significantly. His approach, attitude and behavior will
always be positive.
of Human Skills
He will learn to value relationships and will learn
that it is important to become and responsible individual. This way you will
find him making informed choices, where is aware of the fact that values needs
to be protected and upheld. Their natural confidence helps them to grow up with
strong leadership skills as well.
of Negative Peer Pressure
Here are some negative effects of peer pressure on
From the Family
The direct effect of negative peer pressure is
alienation from the family. The teen will just not like to be in the company of
his parents as he feels that their values are standing in the way of his
desires. A negative peer pressure is always antagonistic to the values that are
promoted by the family. Thereby, the first thing that the teen does is to
compromise the values and then indulge in activities that are contrary to them.
Negative peer pressure teaches and encourages the
teen to ignore studies. He will thus bunk classes and be completely
uninterested in academics. The grades would naturally fall the teen would find
it difficult to cope up in high school or get admission in colleges. This will
naturally affect his career.
Negative peer pressure renders an impact in his
behaviour and attitude. They feel that it is a mark of independence to disobey
and disregard the opinion and values of their parents. They turn hostile and it
affects their relationship with their parents, social circle and later in their
personal lives also succumbs to this negativity.
Amongst the other common effects of negative
pressure is indulgence in smoking, alcohol,
drugs and early sexual activities. If the negative peer
pressure is not timely taken care of, it can damage the future life of the teen
in a major way leading to behavioral and psychological disorders, not to forget
the physical harm ensuing from it.