peer pressure


: a feeling that one must do the same things as other people of one's age and social group in order to be liked or respected by them
She started drinking in high school because of peer pressure.

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Preteen Margaret’s concerns are timeless — peer pressure, crushes, menstruation, faith — and Blume treated them seriously, neither passing judgment on her protagonist’s immature mistakes, nor spicing things up by saddling Margaret with, say, a phony twist or a Nancy Drew-style mystery. Amy Nicholson, Variety, 20 Apr. 2023 The peer pressure is intensifying. Holly Peterson, New York Times, 17 Mar. 2023 But will Roman succumb to peer pressure? Sydney Bucksbaum,, 16 Mar. 2023 Here are four common misconceptions about peer pressure and ways that caregivers can raise children to resist negative influences and make smart, healthy choices. Phyllis Fagell, Washington Post, 28 Feb. 2023 Now that numbers have gone down, the folks who succumbed to peer pressure have started to watch their chickens come home to roost. Kathleen Breitman, Fortune Crypto, 16 Mar. 2023 There are times when peer pressure does involve coercion and when kids will need refusal skills. Phyllis Fagell, Washington Post, 28 Feb. 2023 When the pair return to school after a blissful summer break hanging out together, peer pressure begins to affect the relationship in dramatic fashion. Yuri Hasegawa, Los Angeles Times, 27 Feb. 2023 The presentation featured two videos, including a testimonial from a teen girl who survived an overdose, grave statistics about the drug’s lethality and guidance to empower students to avoid peer pressure. Dallas News, 27 Feb. 2023 See More

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“Peer pressure.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2023.

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