How Do Peer Pressures Influence Teen’s Health Behavior? - Health Peer Pressure Revisited

Research Article
Tejaswini P and Romate J
Peer pressure, Health behavior, adolescents

This study aims to revisit the studies reported in the area of peer pressure with reference to health behavior. Peer groups are social groups that consist of people of the same age and have similar interests and usually equal in terms of the education and social class. Peer groups are important as they tend to provide a space to make friends. They also help provide social and emotional support as well as an identity and a sense of belongingness to a social group, especially during adolescence. In exchange, adolescents try and behave in ways that are usually consistent with the norms and expected behavioural standards of the group. The authors have found the need for investigating how positive peer pressure is useful for fostering positive health behavior rather than looking at the negative influence of peer pressure on human behavior. The authors have found that most of the studies in this area have been developed have been assessing the negative aspects of peer pressure. This paper is concluded with the recommendations for conducting studies in this direction for understanding various positive dimensions of peer pressure in the light of current social change as a result of social networking, eating habits, risk taking behaviours ,etc.