These are the years when you spend most of your time with your friends.
Teenage is the phase of beginning to become independent in life; the years of forming your ideals and principles, the years that shape your personality and the years that introduce you to your own self.
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From the social learning perspective, experimental smoking is primarily a function of peer role modeling and vicarious reinforcement that leads youth to expect positive physical and social consequences from smoking.
From this perspective, it should be youth who spend the most time with peers and friends who smoke who are the most likely to perceive the positive social benefits of smoking and to experiment with smoking themselves. All Stars Plus: a competence and motivation enhancement approach to prevention. Retrieved September 21, 2009, from Research Library.
Peer pressure is defined as the social pressure by members of one’s peer group to take a certain action, adopt certain values, or otherwise conform in order to be accepted.
(peer pressure, 2009) Teenage is that phase of life when you are exposed to the world outside.
Risk factors have been identified within individuals, family environments, schools, peer or social relationships and the community.
Individual risk factors include anti-social behavior, anxiety or depression, rebelliousness.