The Effects of Peer Pressure to the Selected students of CNHS

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Congressional National High School

Via Verde Village, San Agustin II, City of Dasmariñas Cavite

“The Effects of Peer Pressure to the selected students of CNHS”

Lea Rovie Mascardo Joyce Ann Mauricio Chafer Louis Espinosa

Mrs. Jonnalyn Inocencio English IV

December 20, 2013


A. Background of the study

Peer pressure is a common problem for today’s generation. Peer groups are usually cliques of friends who are about the same age. Teenagers with the age of 11-16 are often feel internal pressure to do things that they think their peers are doing. Teenagers are socialized by the people with whom they associate through daily interaction over the course of many years, acceptable social customs are taught and promote. In school, teenagers learn the skills of interpersonal interaction. They learn to share, to take turns, and to compromise with their peers. The peer group exerts a most powerful social influence on the child. The peer group is composed of status equals; that is, all teenagers within a given peer group are the same age and come from the same social status. A child must earn his/her social position within the peer group; this position does not come naturally, as it does in the family. Interaction with a peer group loosens the child's bonds to the family; it provides both an alternative model for behavior and new social norms and values. Peer effects are central to many important issues facing higher and lower.

These changes may affect among other things, student’s attitudes, values or academic performance. In short, changes in the distribution of students may produce peer effects. children as well as adults can have a great impact on a broad range of issues in the child's life including achievements in school. Student achievement is effected in many ways by the effects of a peer group. These effects may be members of a group interaction in learning, helping each other in their studies, share important information and so on. Influences on student learning in an academic environment can be numerous and contradictory. The interactions among peers are normal and essential part of the learning process that influences the life long learning habits of students. The potential effects of peer relationships are reciprocal. Some students are more receptive than others. On one extreme, for example is the student who values and seeks peer input on every decision. On the other is the social isolate who avoids interaction in and out of the classroom. Students may learn better when in the company of other strong students. Measuring peer effects is difficult. Student outcomes depend on numerous factors other than the characteristics of one’s peers, and isolating peer influences is particularly problematic since people typically choose those with whom they associate.

Some teenagers give in to peer pressure because they want to be liked, to fit in, or because they worry that other teens may make fun of them if they do not go along with the group. Others may go along because they are curious to try something new that others are doing. The idea that "everyone is


doing it" may influence some kids to ignore their better judgment or their common sense. Peer pressure can be extremely strong and seductive. Experiments have shown how peer pressure can influence teens to change their minds from what they know for sure is acceptable behavior to unacceptable behavior just because everyone else in their peer group is doing it. These studies have also shown that all it takes for individuals to stand their ground on what they know is right is for one other peer to join them.

Adolescents cannot always avoid negative peer pressure. It may continue to be a fact of life through childhood, adolescence, and into adulthood. Negative peer pressure occurs when a child's or teen's friends or other people their age try to convince them to do something that is either harmful to their body or is against the law. Examples include drinking alcohol, taking drugs, smoking cigarettes, cutting classes, vandalizing, and stealing. Although teens usually know when something is bad for them, they often choose to do it because they want to be liked, to fit in, to be accepted, or because they're afraid they'll be looked down upon or made fun of.

Peer rejection in childhood often brings with it serious emotional difficulties. Rejected teenagers are frequently discontent with themselves and with their relationships with other teens. Many of these teens experience strong feelings of loneliness and social dissatisfaction. Rejected teens also report lower self-esteem and may be more depressed than other children. Peer rejection is also predictive of later life problems, such as dropping out of school, juvenile delinquency, and mental health problems.

At some point pressures from peers are not all came into negative. It can help teens to analyze their selves and contemplate in different ways of life. Some of the practices that the masses follow may actually teach the way of living and may be able to change their selves for the better. Peer pressure can actually result in a positive change in the way of life. Knowing what masses follows them to expose them to the world outside to ones home and understand the things around them. Teens may be pressure to stop any illegal activity such as underage drinking or drug taking or in other words supporting teens to stop any activity that might be damaging their health or well being such as bad eating habits or unhealthy relationships.


Socio- Demographic Profile ●Year/Section

●Age ●Gender

Positive And Negative Effects of Peer Pressure.

Questionnaire Analysis Data Analysis

How a peer pressure affects the life of a student.

Third year and fourth year high students in Congressional National High School.


C. Statement of the problem:

This study mainly deals with the perspectives, beliefs, motivation and effects of peer pressure among the students of Congressional National Highschool. This research sought to answer the following questions:

1.What are the perceptions, beliefs, and attitudes of teenagers on peer pressure?

2.How peer pressure affect themselves?

3.How does teenagers deals with peer pressure?

4.What are the things that can be done that will motivate teenagers to prevent negative peer pressure?


1.Peer pressure -is influence that a peer group, observers or individual exerts that encourages others to change their attitudes, values, or behaviors to conform the group norms.

2.Peer groups - A group of friends that a certain person will try to impress to get their bond, social status, and interests

3.Family- a fundamental social group in society By the ties of marriage ,blood or adaption, constituting a single household, interacting and intercommunicating with each other in their respective social roles of husband and wife mother and father ,son and daughter ,brother and sister creating a common culture.

4.Teenagers- is young person whose age within the range from thirteen through nineteen (13-19).They are called teenagers because their age number ends in “teen”.

5.Independent –not requiring or relying on something or someone else.

6.Friendship- is a relationship of mutual affection between two or more people. It is a stronger form of interpersonal bond than an association.

7. Early relationship- A romantic or passionate attachment with someone at an early age.

8.Adolescents- (of a young person) is the process of developing from a child into an adult.

9.Rebellion- Rebellion, uprising, or insurrection is a refusal of obedience or order. 10.Perspective- understanding of the relative importance of thing

11.Pregnant- carrying developing offspring within the body.

12.Decision- The act of reaching a conclusion or making up one's mind.

13.Temptation-Temptation is the desire to perform an action that one may enjoy immediately or in the short term but will probably later regret for various reasons

14. Morality- the quality of being in accord with standards of right or good conduct,a system of ideas of right and wrong conduct

15.Academic Performance- is the outcome of education — the extent to which a student, teacher or institution has achieved their educational goals.

16. Puberty- the period during which adolescents reach sexual maturity and become capable of reproduction.


E. Methodology 1.Type of Research

The method of research used is the descriptive type because the research pertains to the negative and positive effects among 3rd and 4th year highs school . It tackles the prevailing on the presence status or condition or relationship between variables.


We choose 3rd and 4th year students of CNHS to be our respondent because they often experience peer pressure.


1. Are your friends a good or bad influence in your life? 2. Why did you choose them as friends?

3. How many hours do you usually hang-out with your peers?

4. In what ways do your friends affects/influence your life and way of thinking and doing things?

5. Are you being dependent to your friends when it comes to decisions? 6. What kind of things do people pressure you to do?

Smoking Stealing Study Hard Using drugs Drinking Alcohol Others

F. Hypothesis

It is hypothesized that most of the 3rd year and 4th year students of Congressional National High School is influence by good peers and positive effects of peer pressure usually occurred to them specifically improvement in their academic Performance .

Result of the Survey about how peer pressure affects

the life of the 3rd year and 4th Year students of CNHS


0.00% 10.00% 20.00% 30.00% 40.00% 50.00% 60.00% 70.00% 80.00% 90.00% 100.00% Both

G. Scope and Limitations

This research study focused on how peer pressure affect the life of 3rd year and 4th year student of Congressional National High School S.Y (2013-2014).

A total of 75 respondents participated in the study. The respondents in the study were randomly selected and qualified under a criteria set by the researcher of this study as to (male or female) and year level (3 and 4).

H. Significance of the study

This study aims to determine the awareness of the students of Congressional National High School towards negative peer pressure and also to identify same cases of it among them that can be associated with early relationship, alcoholic and drug addiction and rebellion. In addition, the results of this study can determine some factors that can help the students in avoiding negative peer pressure that causes different vices and lack of interest in their studies.


II. Body

A. Background of the Study a. 1 Positive Peer Pressure

Peer pressure has become a big part of our teenager’s lives. Whether they are at school or work peer pressure can affect their output and even impact their general outlook on life. Peer pressure has always been viewed as a negative force targeting the youth but we should also know the other side of having a peer pressure. You and your friends can also use good peer pressure to help each other resist bad peer pressure. Peer pressure isn’t all bad. You and your friends can pressure each other into some things that will improve your health and social life and make you feel good about your decisions. Find people who beam with a positive attitude and are bubbling with enthusiasm and determination to rise above. Stay close to them. Or even better, bring positive pressure into the gang you are already in. Inspire people around to put their efforts into personal excellence. Your friends may already be victims of negative peer pressure, so make them feel accepted. You can easily form a group of people with similar interests who share similar enthusiasm. As Helen Keller always said “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” And mark that, when we’re alone we can do so little and when we belong in any kind of a group we can do more its only prove that not all peer can cause harm and some can lead us to the right path.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.

Some Positive effects that we observe by peers are the following: a. 1.1 Self-Esteem

At school extra-curricular activities at school are probably the easiest way for your teen to meet a positive peer group. Outside school, there are service clubs as well as youth groups at houses of worship. These activities may help teenagers to interact with others and It can also gain self-esteem.

a. 1.2 To know self better

It can help teens to analyze their selves and contemplate in different ways of life. Some of the practices that the masses follow may actually teach the way of living and may be able to change their selves for the better. Peer pressure can actually result in a positive change in the way of life. Knowing what masses


follows them to expose them to the world outside to ones home and understand the things around them.

a. 1.3 To avoid different vices

Teens may be pressure to stop any illegal activity such as underage drinking or drug taking or in other words supporting teens to stop any activity that might be damaging their health or well being such as bad eating habits or unhealthy relationships.

a. 1.4 Improvement in Academic Performance

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 extracurricular and sports activities in school.

a. 1.5 Improvement in Communication Skills

Whether the peer group comprises of school friends, neighborhood 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.

a.1.6 Development 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.

b.1 Negative Peer Pressure

Negative peer 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 realize the harmful effects of peer pressure in a clear manner. Nowadays, peer pressure is portrayed as negative and really had bad effects on teenagers. The negative effects of peer pressure include the following : shoplifting, cutting class, possibility of addiction to prohibited drugs, smoke and alcoholic drugs.

b.1.1 Disinterest in studies

Negative peer pressure teaches and encourages the teen to ignore studies. He will thus bunk classes and be completely uninterested in academics. Cutting classes, it has to do with education. Students are cutting class because they want to escape school works and they do it with their friends. They go to computer shops to play computer games, some go to malls or any other place away from their school. Their parents give them money for school but they spend it in other things. Cutting class is really a bad effect to the students. This can really affect their grades and if that happens it can ruin their studies. 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.

b.1.2 Possibility of addiction to prohibited drugs and alcoholic beverages

Smoke and alcoholic drugs. This is the major negative effect of peer pressure to teenagers. It can ruin their lives and their relationship with other people. This happens when their friends asked them to join a party without knowing that there are drugs, alcoholic drinks and smoke involved. Their friends will push them to use drugs or drink alcoholic drinks for them to be accepted in the group. If we become addicted in those things , it can really affect our studies, health and our lives. We can have diseases in smoking and it is very hard to cure a person who's addicted to prohibited drugs.

b.1.3 Alienation 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.

b.1.4 Negative Behaviour

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. Among 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. Peer pressure can ultimately lead to death, jail and or hospitalization. Peer pressure can also lead to STD and pregnancy.

c.Dealing with Peer Pressure

Dealing with peer pressure in the teenage years is never an easy task. We all get swayed and influenced by the latest fashion, music, television and movies. And getting influenced by our peer groups is perfectly normal. However, the way one is getting influenced by a peer group must be taken into account as that can lead to various positive and negative consequences. During adolescent years, children can either be positively or negatively influenced by their friends. Since teenage is a developing phase, children are immature and so they are not able to differentiate between "friends" and "true friends". This is where the role of parents and teachers comes into picture. The child may be falling into the trap of negative habits, under the influence of peer pressure, due to some family problems or he might not be getting the desired love and care from his home.

The easiest way to deal with peer pressure — the bad kind at least — is to avoid it altogether. Surround yourself with people you like, who like you, and who like doing things you like doing (things that won’t get you grounded for life), and you’ll be far less likely to become a victim of peer pressure. But there is more you can do.

c.1 Be prepared

Think through situations ahead of time. Plan how you’d say ‘no’ if someone offered you a cigarette, a drink, or a ride with someone who shouldn’t be driving. You can even practice saying them in the mirror. That way, if you find yourself in that situation and you barely have to think, you’ll come off cool and collected, and the folks who are pressuring you will be less likely to push back after you say no.


c.2 Avoid it.

Try to avoid bad peer pressure by spending time with friends who don’t make you uncomfortable or try to get you to do things you don’t want to. You can also avoid places where you feel uncomfortable. For example, if a teammate wants to meet in the parking lot to smoke before basketball practice, tell them you have something else to do, but you’ll see them when practice starts. If friends are hanging out at someone’s house before a dance—without any parents around—and you’re worried that they might be up to something, suggest grabbing something to eat at a restaurant. Or, tell them you’ll meet them at the dance.

c.3 Be proud

If someone’s trying to get you to do something you know you shouldn’t, or something that makes you feel nervous, say ‘no.’ And be proud that you’re being strong and doing what’s right for you. Stand up straight, make eye contact, and don’t be apologetic for your actions. Rather, you should feel good about what you are doing.

c.4 Being a good friend

Don’t ever put a friend in a situation where they feel bad about not wanting to do something that you might want to do. If someone’s trying to pressure your friend, help him or her stand up. You can say, “No thanks. We don’t do that,” or, “Sorry, we’re on our way to go to the mall.”

c.5 Standing up for what’s right.

Have you ever been in a situation where your friends started making cruel jokes about someone else at your school? Maybe it was someone who just didn’t seem to “fit in”, or someone with a physical or mental disability. Perhaps you were the one on the receiving end of the laughter. Making fun of someone else isn’t cool. It hurts. It hurts the person being ridiculed because they’re being rejected for who they are. It hurts the person dishing out the abuse because it lowers his or her character. And it hurts the heart of God who made each person in His own image. You can be the one who steps in to stop the laughter. If your friends start picking on someone else, speak up and change the conversation or defend the person who’s being ridiculed. Standing by and saying nothing is as good as joining the others.


d. Peer Pressure Results to : d.1 Early Relationship

Teens face strong pressure at home, school as well as getting involved in a romantic relationship. In our mid-teen years we start relationships ; friendships and/or physical attractions with peers of the opposite sex. Early teen dating is more superficial, for fun, recreation and exploring sexuality. In older teen years a relationship could be more about companionship, affection, intimacy and moral support. Not all teen relationships are like this, it also depends how mature and what each individual is looking for in a relationship. Desiring a romantic partner is a natural thing of adolescence. But in a serious romantic relationship in the preteen/early teen years can create problems. A portion of teens face the dangers of dating violence. For many high school students, having a partner is near the top of their priority list, and some individuals may feel left out or even feel like failures if they've not dated someone by the end of high school. While in the short term having a boyfriend or girlfriend can make a high school student happy or feel that they fit in, such a relationship can have other consequences for the individual which may not prove as positive. The expectation for sex in teen relationships may be partly explained by the media which socializes teens on dating and sexual behavior. Now the whole issue of sex is more open, you see it in movies, music videos, magazines, television and in video games, basically everywhere! Young children know more about it than their parents do. I have talked about early teen dating to some of my family members, and they have told this is how kids are today, they mature much younger. Experts say that romantic relationships in teen years are a way of knowing more about yourself, I think that we need to form an identity and know

who we are before beginning a love

relationship. We teens don’t know ourselves well enough to share who we are with someone else. Having a crush is not a big deal ,but acting on early romantic feelings when a teen is not emotionally ready can lead to problems for early daters. Early daters start developing the idea that they need to be with someone in order to continue walking, in other words they develop a dependent personality.

d.2 Early Pregnancy

In 2005, there were about 415,000 live births to mothers between the ages of 15 and 19 years old. Although teen pregnancy rates have been declining, this


still makes teen pregnancy a common problem, and may lead many sexually active teenagers to wonder if they are pregnant. Compared with mothers in older age groups, teenage mothers are at greater risk of having medical complications. Because the teenage mother is more likely to receive little or no prenatal care, she often becomes anemic and is more likely to develop preeclampsia, a severe condition associated with high blood pressure .Vitamin deficiencies are more common, and the teenage mother's weight gain is likely to be inadequate. Since the teenage mother is still growing herself, she needs to eat properly not only for her own growth but for normal growth of the fetus. Pelvic bones do not reach their maximum size until about the age of 18; therefore, the pelvis of the teenage mother may not have grown enough to allow vaginal delivery of a normal-size baby. For this reason, the incidence of cesarean section is higher in teenage mothers -- a baby that can be delivered vaginally when the mother is 20 is often too large to have been delivered vaginally when she was 14 years old. Babies born to teenage mothers are more likely to die in the first year of life compared with babies born to mothers older than 20 years of age. Since the teenage mother is less likely to eat correctly during pregnancy, her baby often has a low birth weight (less than 51/2 pounds), making it more likely the baby will become ill.

The teen birth rate has been steadily falling for years, but it still remains the highest teen pregnancy rate in the industrialized countries. About 85% of these pregnancies are unplanned, which in any population can increase the risk for problems. The biggest risk for teen mothers is delaying prenatal care or worse, 7.2% received no care at all.

d.3 Rebellion

Rebellion stems from your teen’s desire to be independent. This phase, which usually ends in early adulthood, can be difficult for parents because they fear that their teen will make destructive choices. Some degree of rebellion is normal during adolescence, according to a 2009 article in "Psychology Today," so you might not be able to stop your teen from challenging your authority. However, you can take some actions to minimize your teen’s risk of engaging in activities that are dangerous, unhealthful or unlawful.Teens are working toward being independent, which means they must distance themselves from their parents. An important part of becoming an adult is making personal decisions alone, and this requires some rebellion. The struggle to be autonomous often leads to mistakes, and while mistakes are part of growing up, these little failures can cause your teen to feel restless, moody and defiant. Teens need to be allowed to form their own opinions so that they can own the standards or morals they


choose to adopt. Allowing your teen the freedom and space to explore his own ideas, and to question what he’s accepted until this age, encourages him to be independent and will lead to a strong individual who will stand up for his beliefs. Giving your teen this space is hard, especially when you know he’s about to make a mistake, but it is necessary. Pick only the battles that are truly worth fighting. Curfews are important. Part of being an adult is following the rules that keep you safe. However, clothing choices are not worth fighting over. Your teen’s clothes reflect his personality and are not usually a safety issue, even if you feel his choice is wrong. While space is important, show interest in your teen’s activities and friends so that the lines of communication remain open. According to “Theories of Adolescent Risk-taking Behaviors” from The Handbook of Adolescent Health Risk Behavior, risky, rebellious behaviors often earn teens acceptance and respect from their peers).Authors Vivian Igra and Charles E. Irwin describe that risk-taking behaviors usually display a “developmental trajectory,” increasing as a teenager grows older. For example, rates of sexuality, reckless vehicle use, and substance use increase with age. According to the book, parents should view acts of rebellion as part of the transition to adulthood, and that actions that might seem rebellious or dangerous at age 12, such as sexual activity, might be normal parts of behavior at age 20.

Teens are, more than any other age group, focused on themselves. In a sense, this makes their actions simplistic: they will do what they want to do. But this egocentrism that often hustles teens into unsavory situations is of great concern to parents, which is why understanding where rebellion comes from can help a parent know how to properly deal with her teen.

d.4 Drug and Alcoholic Addiction

The Dangerous Drugs Board and the Philippine Drugs Enforcement Agency (PDEA) reported that 3.4 million Filipinos are on illegal drugs. As estimated half of this or 1.8 million come from the ranks of the youth.

Teenagers abuse a variety of drugs, both legal and illegal. Legally available drugs include alcohol, prescribed medications, inhalants (fumes from glues, aerosols, and solvents) and over-the-counter cough, cold, sleep, and diet medications. The most commonly used illegal drugs are marijuana (pot), stimulants (cocaine, crack, and speed), LSD, PCP, opiates, heroin, and designer drugs (Ecstasy). The use of illegal drugs is increasing, especially among young teens. The average age of first marijuana use is 14, and alcohol use can start before age 12. The use of marijuana and alcohol in high school has become common. Drug use is associated with a variety of negative consequences,


including increased risk of serious drug use later in life, school failure, and poor judgment which may put teens at risk for accidents, violence, unplanned and unsafe sex, and suicide .The Dangerous Drugs Board and the Philippine Drugs Enforcement Agency (PDEA) reported that 3.4 million Filipinos are on illegal drugs. As estimated half of this or 1.8 million come from the ranks of the youth. There is good news and bad news when it comes to teen drug use. The good news is that the statistics show that fewer teens are using drugs. The bad news is these same statistics still show that a lot of teens, some starting as early as in the 8th grade, are using drugs. For example, rates of use in the month before the survey was done for 12th graders were almost 19% for marijuana and 45% for alcohol. Young people use drugs for similar reasons that adults do – to change how they feel because they want to feel better or different. Reasons may include socializing with friends, peer pressure or the need to feel part of a group, relaxation or fun, boredom, curiosity, experimentation or wanting to take risks, to escape from psychological or physiological pain and mostly their peers in order for them to accept their friends. Experimentation with alcohol and drugs during adolescence is common. Unfortunately, teenagers often don't see the link between their actions today and the consequences tomorrow. They also have a tendency to feel indestructible and immune to the problems that others experience. Using alcohol and tobacco at a young age has negative health effects. While some teens will experiment and stop, or continue to use occasionally, without significant problems. Others will develop a dependency, moving on to more dangerous drugs and causing significant harm to themselves and possibly others. It is difficult to know which teens will experiment and stop and which will develop serious problems. Teenagers at risk for developing serious alcohol and drug problem.

III. Conclusion

A. Concluding Statement a. 1 Analytical Summary

Each individual has their own friends and sometimes, we consider those friends as our close friends. Obviously, friends really affect one’s character- either for good or bad. Because of this, we should discern the impact of our friendships for our own lives. We should be cautious in choosing friends. The wrong kind of friends can be a corrupting influence. And related to this, we should not develop or associate close relationships with people who exhibit attributes like flatters with his/her lips, curious man, wants nothing but fun, rebel, liars, always involve in violence. On the other hand, here are kinds of people we should seek to be friends with ; loving friend, always there for you, ready to serve and to help,


have ears to listen for you, honest, can be trusted, rebukes you for your good sake, makes you happy and shows knowledge and wisdom.

In dealing with our different friends, we are also expected to deal with different kinds of peer pressure. This peer pressures can be negative or positive. Positive peer pressure sometimes occur from your peer groups in church or in school with good care values for their students. This positive peer pressure happens when your friends let you do some things for your good sake or for the goos sake of others. Sometimes, friends pressure us to stop doing things that is not good, this also under positive peer pressure. Positive peer pressure can also come form church friends who force us to attend youth gatherings, camps and bible study groups.

But in young people usually experience negative peer pressure. It happens when so called friends persuade you to do something that you do not want to dp. They force you to do that but you hold on your belief that those things are wrong. Because of bad friends, the way a person speaks, moves even beliefs becomes different compared on their mind set when they don’t have these friends. Negative peer pressure affects other aspects of one’s life like fashion styles, verbal expressions, having early relationships, choosing friends, smoking, drinking alcohol or even using illegal drugs.

If we don’t want to be the one of those victims of negative peer pressure, we should take these things: think first, every single move we make has an efect later. Before you do some things , think first. This is what makes us different from animals, we have the opportunity to think very well. We do not just operate an instinct so, always think of the consequences of the actions you choose to do. You should ask yourself if what would be the effect of following friends pressure. What would be the effects of this for yourself, persons you love, and your relationship with God.

Next thing is please God, not people. We must obey God first, not men (Acts 5:29), Sometimes we used to make some people happy, instead of making God happy. Because of the fear that our friends may gone, we used to follow what they want you to do. Obeying God means saying “No” to our sinful desires and interests those who obey their human nature cannot please God (Romans 8:8)The third one is to stand-up for what is right. What’s popular is not always what’s right. What‘s right is not always what’s popular. Even there are thousands or millions and billions of people who does something bad , we should not go with the flow. Only dead fish go with the flow. You need to know what you stand for or else you will just fall prey to whatever situation arises. Be assertive with your decision to obey what God says in this word. The last thing is to prepare for battle. We should be always ready because negative peer


pressure is always there, waiting on a signal to attack you. The key is to resist the pressure through righteous words and actions

a. 2. Thesis Reworded

Most students improve their academic performance with the influence of their good peers.


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