During adolescence, peers play a large part in a young person’s life even while the family continues to be significant. Peer relationships are important for healthy development and essential for our teens as they develop into healthy adults.
Peer relationships also have the potential to encourage problem behaviors. Although the negative influence of peers is often over-emphasized, more can be done to help teenagers by encouraging positive experiences in constructive environments. Get involved – families, communities, churches, schools, 4-H and other youth groups can all contribute to helping youth develop positive peer relationships, and deflect negative peer pressures and influences.
To learn more about teen friendships and effective strategies for coping with peer pressure, read Friendships, Peer Influence And Peer Pressure During The Teen Years from Nebraska Extension.
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