There are many different forms of peer pressure, including hurtful comments, being influenced by others to buy material items, or feeling pressured to behave in a certain way or engage in a particular activity. Bullying is different from peer pressure because there is a direct threat of physical or emotional harm for not doing something, which is repeated over time by the same person.
With an emphasis on situations that are common among teens, Living with Peer Pressure and Bullying examines the nature of these two common behaviors, the effects they have, and how teens can combat them. Chapters cover the coercive power of peer pressure, the risks and rewards of telling the truth, cyberbullying, and helping others cope with bullying. This helpful guide provides a wealth of practical information in clear, straightforward language.
Index. Appendixes. Glossary. Sidebars. Further reading.
About the Author(s)
Thomas Paul Tarshis, M.D., M.P.H., is the founder and director of the Bay Area Children's Association, a nonprofit agency that works with children and families with mental illness. He has worked individually with teenagers affected by poor self esteem and peer-related issues for nearly a decade. Board-certified in child and adult psychiatry, Tarshis completed a three-year research fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at Stanford University, where his focus was on bullying and victimization in schools. He has presented on bullying at both national and international conferences, and he has published articles on bullying and victimization in scientific journals. He is currently a member of the Adjunct Clinical Faculty of the Stanford University Department of Psychiatry.