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Peer Pressure (46 found)
Note: These stories are from YCteen and its sister publication, Represent, which is written by and for youth in foster care.
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Jamell, who feels alienated in his foster home and at school, finds comfort with a group of friends who like to skip school together. When he realizes he won't be able to graduate on time, he starts changing his ways. (full text)
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Anthony is teased when his classmates catch him reading a book for fun, but he refuses to change his ways. In fact, he argues that his peers should read more, not less. (full text)
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Ask Lucas is our new advice column that answers questions teens have about love, school, family and friends. Lucas and adult experts provide their insight and suggestions. (full text)
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This author writes about why she is able to forgive someone that bullied her most of her life, and to accept her offer of friendship. (full text)
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Anthony is teased when his classmates catch him reading a book for fun, but he is not embarrassed. (full text)
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The author cuts school to go to the park with a new group of friends. There, the friends have a run-in with the police, and the author wonders if he's hanging out with the wrong crowd.
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Although many of his friends are gang members, the writer decides not to join. (full text)
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Charlene gives into peer pressure from her friends to cut school, drink, and smoke. When they are arrested, she has a change of heart. (full text)
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Janill is appalled by the openly sexual dancing that goes on at her school dance. (full text)
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Eager to get “experience,” the writer rushes into sex with a boy she hardly knows. (full text)
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When Fan Yi enters a prestigious high school, she’s astounded to find widespread cheating. (full text)
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To fit in, Jesselin does poorly in junior high—until she realizes she’s jeopardizing her chance to go to college. (full text)
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It doesn’t matter what the guys around his way have to say—Damon’s going to wait until he’s married. (full text)
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Cristhians got hooked on hooky parties and fell behind in school. Eventually, she dropped out and got a job, only to realize she wanted much more for herself.
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At age 15, Jaminson's overprotective parents barely let him leave the house. When his friends pressure him, he begins to push for more freedom.
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The writer's "no sex before marriage" policy is tested when her boyfriend pressures her. When the relationship ends, she feels betrayed and used.
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Despite a shooting outside her apartment that endangers her aunt, DeAnna's family does not report the incident to the police. "Snitching" goes against the unwritten code of living in the hood—not only will you lose respect from the community, but you could become a target for retaliation.
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Natalia turns to her religious faith to resist friends’ pressure to smoke, drink, and use drugs.
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When someone close to her is doing dangerous things, Desiree speaks up.
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Positive peer pressure convinces Jill to audition for her school’s dance company.
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Donald has a stubborn, independent streak that resists peer pressure.
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The author rebels against the pressures of her parents, her religion, and mainstream culture.
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The writer, 15, is pressured into having sex and feels disillusioned by the experience. Later she realizes sex can be physically and emotionally satisfying with the right person.
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The writer feels pressured to have sex by her boyfriend, and almost gives in before she realizes she's not ready.
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Sharon has a close group of friends when she starts high school, but when she confronts one member, the whole group deserts her.
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When she comes to the U.S. from Haiti, Sabrina feels pressure to look and act like the girls in her school.
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Fearing ridicule, the writer keeps his musical tastes a secret.
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Debbie goes from tomboy to girly flirt before she develops her own style.
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Curtis views his parents’ rules as a blessing that helps him avoid peer pressure.
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Robin is proud to be a virgin, and he talks with other male teens who describe why they aren’t in a hurry to have sex and how they deal with pressure from peers.
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After the writer’s friends become sexually active, they don’t feel comfortable talking to “the virgin” about their problems. What will it take to win back their trust?
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After they have been dating for about a year, the author's boyfriend Roger starts pressuring her to have sex. Even though she's terrified about losing her virginity and maybe getting pregnant, she decides to "go along with the program." But is she really ready?
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After rumors spread that Stephany hates another girl, pressure builds for them to fight. But instead they round up everyone involved and use conflict resolution to sort things out peacefully.
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Frank gives tips on how to respond to common lines teens use to pressure their partners into having unprotected sex.
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Xavier won’t give in to the peer pressure at his group home.
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After a teen colleague calls him "unprofessional," Desmin decides that his street style doesn't work in the office. (full text)
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Kamaal decides to stop eating meat and faces surprising resistance from his foster family and some friends. (full text)
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Trying to keep up with older kids, Shantae drinks too much brandy and suffers severe alcohol poisoning. (full text)
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In 8th grade, Imani thought creating the perfect MySpace page would give her the attention and popularity she craved. Instead, MySpace took over her life. (full text)
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Natasha experiments with drugs as a carefree escape, until she realizes there’s a very fine line between enjoying them and being damaged by them.
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The writer turns to robbery to fit in with the “cool” kids in his neighborhood.
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The writer explains peer pressure dynamics in the group home.
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Lenny feels conflicted about dating a white girl.
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The writer, 16, has wanted to lose her virginity ever since one of her good friends began to have sex. But she’s also worried about rushing into it.
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Shawan contrasts the irrelevant advice his middle class social worker gives him about the conflicts and peer pressure he faces in the ghetto, with the realistic, streetwise advice he would give someone in his own shoes.
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When Jamel turns 14, his childhood friends start smoking marijuana and pressure him to join them. (full text)

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