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Peer Influence

The Perils of Adolescence

Wray Herbert | Posted 04.29.2015 | Science
Wray Herbert

For decades the common wisdom of parenting manuals was that teenagers feel invulnerable, immortal, and simply perceive less peril in dicey situations and believe they have much more control than they actually do. In short, they underestimate life's very real risks and dangers. But scientists who study adolescent decision making now dispute this common parenting wisdom.

Fighting Teen Pregnancy With Peer Influence

Catherine M. Abate | Posted 05.31.2013 | New York
Catherine M. Abate

To effectively encourage teens to make the right decisions about sex, their relationships, and their health, we need to expand our strategies to include more teen-to-teen education.

WATCH: I Don't Like My Daughter's Friends. Now What?

Posted 10.14.2011 | Parents

Dear Susan, I am not happy with my 17-year old daughter's crowd. Over the past year she has made new friends, and her grades have gone down. She is...

Don't Let Bad Friends Drag You Down

Robert Pagliarini | Posted 07.22.2011 | Healthy Living
Robert Pagliarini

Who you are is a function of whom you know. Your friends help shape your outlook, values, emotions and behaviors. Psychologists call this "social contagion," and it can work for or against you.

Are Your Friends' Habits Rubbing Off On You? The 'Social Contagion' Phenomenon

Aditi Nerurkar, MD | Posted 07.16.2011 | Healthy Living
Aditi Nerurkar, MD

As children, we were given many examples of how the company we keep might influence us. Emerging research has found that these childhood lessons weren't mere scare tactics employed by our well-intentioned parents. They were onto something.

Middle-School Friends Are Critical For Future Success

Psych Central News | RICK NAUERT, Ph.D | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

University of Oregon psychologists say the new friendships may directly influence a teenager's potential academic success or future challenges in high...