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    Peer Pressure

    Teenagers who suffer from a poor self-image are more vulnerable to peer pressure, and this can result in risk behaviors such as substance abuse.

    Experts at the Bradley Hasbro Children's Research Center have found that iif a teen feels good about him or herself and is secure in his or her values it can be easier to stand up to peer pressure and say 'No, that's not for me,' without being unduly worried about rejection.

    It is often self-confident teenagers, the ones who do not give into peer pressure, that are most enthusiastically accepted by their peers. This is something that individuals with low self-esteem may not realize.

    It is often the self-confident teens who say 'no' who are the ones other teens want to follow. Teens who think negatively about themselves may feel the only way to gain acceptance is to follow peers into negative activities.