Peer Pressure Resistance

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Peer Pressure is one of the key phenomenona that adolescents have to deal with as they grow into dulthood. Effective management and, when necessary, resistance to peer pressure will lead to the development of a well adjusted adult.

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The following are the objectives of this lesson:
  1. Define peer pressure
  2. State the forms of peer pressure
  3. Discuss possible responses to persuasion
  4. Explain ways of overcoming peer pressure
  5. Demonstrate ability to deal with peer pressure
  6. Explore harmful activities associated with peer pressure

Lesson Content Definition

Peer pressure is the subtle influence we often get from our friends and from others of our own age.


  • Threats
  • Persuasion
  • Coercion
  • Promises
  • Gifts
  • Blackmail
  • Manipulation

Possible responses to persuasion

  • Refuse
  • Delay
  • Bargain

Ways of overcoming peer pressure

  • Seek help from trusted individuals
  • Assertiveness
  • Goal setting
  • Expressing your ideas in a non-threatening way
  • Effective communication
  • Apply negotiation skills
  • Apply persuasion skills
  • Knowledge, avoid risky situations
  • Build self worth
  • Time management
  • Good use of leisure time

Harmful activities associated with peer pressure

  • Drug
  • Sex
  • Truancy
  • Mob justice
  • Dropping out of school
  • Theft
  • Early marriage

Why do people succumb to peer

  • Want to be liked
  • To fit in
  • Others will make fun if they don’t go along
  • Curiosity
  • Everyone is doing it

Values that that guide in resisting peer pressure

  • Respect
  • Humility
  • Responsibility
  • Honesty
  • Kindness
  • Love
  • Tolerance
  • Cooperation
  • Simplicity
  • Unity
  • Peace
  • Freedom

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Discuss a case study of a student who faced extreme peer pressure and successfully resisted

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  • Question and answer session at the end of the lesson.
  • Quiz on Peer pressure

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Comment on the common forms of peer pressure students experience in your school. Consider which of these you would encourage and which you would discourage.


Not all peer pressure is negative!

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In this lesson you have learnt:
  • The meaning of peer pressure
  • the forms of peer pressure
  • possible responses to persuasion
  • ways of overcoming peer pressure
  • about the harmful activities associated with peer pressure

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  • Guidance and Counselling Manual for teachers by KIE
  • Life Skills Curriculum Teachers Training Manual by KIE

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Web Resources

  • KIE Website
  • Wikieducator
  • FLOSS4Edu