The term peer group refers to an individual's small,intimately group who we interact on a daily basis. Peer group is also what we call “friends” the ones who we hang out, having to tell our secrets and having to do activities all together. As a child growing into a adolescent, they tend to spend more time with their peers groups compared to spending time with their families. The environment of peer groups also changes during adolescence period. There are three groups during adolescents , the early, middle and the late adolescent peer groups. During this period, child still on Identity vs Role Confusion according to the theory of Erik Erickson. This is the period teens develop a sense of self and …show more content…
Peer influence is most likely to occur in subtle means such as gossiping, teasing, bullying and humor. Those are clearly communicating unacceptable behavior according to (Eder and Sanford) . Peers constitute is one of the most important contexts for child development and also for socialization. Peer Constitute serves as sources of instrumental and emotional support, help the child to build values and beliefs, and other behavioral norms of the peer culture and in broader society.
According to Brown(2004), North American youth are more likely to encounted peers in school, which makes the schools a major locus or point of peer group interaction. In United States, adolescents are already exposed in a lot of peer pressure even during the first year