One of the sources of a teenagers’ acceptance, trust and understanding is their peer. They usually replace their family with their friends as the center of young individuals’ social life. A lot of students have been influenced by the pressure of their peers and as a result they become confused. A students behavior is affected by his or her peer because he or she who spends more time with their peer, rather than his or her family. Peers may give a positive influence and help to challenge or motivate students to do their best. On the other hand, peers may give negative influence and may mislead us to what is wrong,
Peer pressure usually sets in during adolescence period and teenagers-like caterpillars who are just beginning to get out of their home-cocoons are the most vulnerable persons in the so-called ‘’university of life’’. It is very important for the young people to know what conformity or peer pressure plays in their personal and interpersonal growth so that they face the pressure of today’s complex and completive world.
The effect of giving into peer pressure is what sociologist David Reisman calls an “other-directed personality’’. The teen develops sixth sense which enables him to feel what others expect him and then act accordingly. In other words, a teen will compromise his own identity in order to be accepted by his peers. The second major cause for giving into peer pressure is fear. Fear keeps teenagers from being their own unique selves and usually expresses itself in several ways. A teen may fear what his friends will think of him. As a result, most teenagers try to build relationships and their reputations without offending anyone. (Kesler, 1984, pp. 359-360)
To know more about this topic, we will conduct a research about peer pressure and its effects. Specifically this research aims to answer the following questions:
1. How do peers affect the student’s behavior in school?
2. What are the different types of peer?...