The Effects Of Peer Pressure On Teens Essay

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Adolescence is a confusing time for all teenagers. They must learn to navigate through the challenges of puberty and hormones, while also dealing with their own growing insecurities. During this time, it is common that teens look to their peers for comfort, understanding and acceptance. However, these relationships can prove to be more detrimental to teens then they may seem. These cliques, while seemingly comforting, can occasionally turn an innocent teen to venture into a life of crime. The need to be liked and the influence of peer pressure can cause an adolescent to commit crimes and ruin their future. Luckily, some may find their way out of these cliques and end up as just an adolescence-limited offender. But, cliques cannot be held solely responsible for a teens misguided decisions. In fact, there are many factors when considering what drives a teen to begin a life of crime. An unstable family life, low economic status, the community, drugs, alcohol are just a few of the things that can contribute to juvenile crimes taking place. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, in 2012 approximately 10.67% of crimes committed in the United States was committed by teenagers. However, since then the rate has decreased and dropped by 12.3% in 2013 (Turlum). Although, the reasons for this drop are elusive some credit the country’s lowered tolerance toward juvenile delinquents, while, others say that it’s simply a change in judgement that is occurring in youths these days…

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