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The agony & ecstacy of teenage peer groups

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Young people generally want to fit into their various social groups so peer approval is a significant driver for their behaviour. For a young person resisting peer influence can mean isolation or instant ostracism so it sometimes takes great strength of will to refuse to follow the crowd.    Having a group of friends is one of the most important parts of being an adolescent. It is how teenagers learn to get on in the world of their own age group and to gradually become independent. It is important for parents to understand the value of peer groups for young people and also remember that peers can be positive influences.   Positive peers   Peer groups can give young people a sense of belonging, which gives them an increased sense of self-confidence. They also provide safe testing grounds for attitudes and values outside their family at a time when yo...(sign-up as a member to continue reading this article)

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