The Social And Emotional Development Of Adolescents And Adolescent Psychiatry

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Introduction
Peers play an important role in the lives of adolescents and helps to continue a teen’s social and emotional development. The influence of peers begins at an early age and continues to increase throughout the teenage years. Relying on and having friends is entirely natural, healthy, and important, but also entirely possible to be persuaded the wrong way by friends. [1]

[1] American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. (2012).

Types of Peers
Peers can be positive and supportive, but they can also be negative and have a different kind of impact on a teen’s life.

When we think of a positive group of peers, some of the things that come to mind are helping each other develop new skills and stimulating interests in things like books, music, or extracurricular activities [1].

[1] American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. (2012).

Positive Peer Pressure
While we might automatically think of peer pressure as a bad thing, there are times when peer pressure can be a great tool to help us change for the better. By helping us reflect on our actions, positive peer pressure can help us to change certain habits or actions to make a teen a better, or healthier, individual. [2]

[2] SecureTeen. (2013).

Benefits of Peer Pressure
When we see others working hard to achieve their goals, it can inspire us to do the same and strive towards our own personal goals [2]. In the long run, this type of peer pressure can give us the work ethic and sense…

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