The extent and effects of peer pressure among high school students: A retrospective analysis

  title={The extent and effects of peer pressure among high school students: A retrospective analysis},
  author={B. Bradford Brown},
  journal={Journal of Youth and Adolescence},
  • B. B. Brown
  • Published 1 April 1982
  • Education
  • Journal of Youth and Adolescence
Although people assume that peer pressure is an influential component of adolescent development, few empirical studies have investigated the nature and extent of its influence. Using retrospective accounts from 297 college undergraduates, the present study assessed how much pressure peers exerted in numerous areas of high school life and how this pressure influenced teenagers' attitudes and behaviors. One-third of both genders identified peer pressure as one of the hardest things they had to… 
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