Every young person experiences the pull of peer influence at one point or another. During the teen years, when the desire to conform is heightened, it can be tough to resist joining in the same risky behavior as one’s friends, peers and classmates. But doing so can have harmful and lasting consequences. The key is to employ empowering strategies to help withstand temptation and make smarter choices.
If you or someone you know is experiencing negative peer influence, get help from qualified counselors 24 hours a day.
Mobile behavioral health services are available for youth in their homes, at school and in various other community settings. This service can be accessed 24/7.
The following tips can help you feel more confident standing up to peer pressure: