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Middle School Groups Ages 11-13 Presenters Group 8 Group 8 –Alena Senior –Stacy Bishop –Shaquira Etan –Ron Clark –Adam Fournier.

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2 Middle School Groups Ages 11-13

3 Presenters Group 8 Group 8 –Alena Senior –Stacy Bishop –Shaquira Etan –Ron Clark –Adam Fournier

4 Peer Relationships Types of Relationships Types of Relationships –Friendships A significant relationship between two people A significant relationship between two people Based on caring, respect, consideration, and trust Based on caring, respect, consideration, and trust

5 Peer Relationships Types of Relationships (cont’d) Types of Relationships (cont’d) –Cliques A small, narrow circle of friends A small, narrow circle of friends Usually share similar backgrounds or tastes Usually share similar backgrounds or tastes Excludes people they view as outsiders Excludes people they view as outsiders

6 Peer Relationships 3 Types of Friendship 3 Types of Friendship –Casual Friendships – peers with whom you feel socially connected –Close Friendships – peers with whom you are more likely to share your real feelings and thoughts –Platonic Friendships – a relationship with a member of the opposite gender in which there is affection, but no sexual activity

7 Cliques May be tightly or loosely knit May be tightly or loosely knit May treat non-members with scorn, ridicule, or indifference May treat non-members with scorn, ridicule, or indifference Often discourages its members from being themselves Often discourages its members from being themselves Actions are often “prejudicial” – a negative feeling toward someone/something based on stereotypes rather than experience Actions are often “prejudicial” – a negative feeling toward someone/something based on stereotypes rather than experience

8 Responsible Relationships As you experience changes in your feelings toward the opposite sex, it becomes important to be responsible in the relationships you form As you experience changes in your feelings toward the opposite sex, it becomes important to be responsible in the relationships you form

9 Responsible Relationships Dating Relationships Dating Relationships –Dating is part of the process of learning interpersonal skills –Dating helps you learn what types of people you like and get along with best –Allows you to practice decision-making and communication skills

10 Responsible Relationships Ongoing Relationships Ongoing Relationships –A continuous relationship with one person of the opposite sex –Teens may be closing themselves off from meeting other people early in their social development –Breaking up and making up can be painful, but is necessary to becoming socially mature

11 Responsible Relationships Choosing Not to Date Choosing Not to Date –Not all teens date –Some have others interests, don’t have time, or simply don’t feel emotionally ready –Wait until you feel comfortable about dating –Talk to your parents about dating to learn their views on dating and values

12 Defining Peer Pressure Positive Peer Pressure Positive Peer Pressure –Doing something you didn’t have the courage to do –Turns out well

13 Defining Peer Pressure Negative Peer Pressure Negative Peer Pressure –Doing something you don’t want to do –Turns out poorly –May cause addiction Manipulation Manipulation –To manage or influence skillfully

14 Peer Pressure High Risk Traits High Risk Traits –Low self esteem –Lack of confidence –Uncertainty about one’s place in a group –No personal interests –Feeling isolated from peers and/or family

15 Peer Pressure High Risk Traits (cont’d.) High Risk Traits (cont’d.) –Lack of direction in life –Depression –Eating disorders –Poor academic abilities or performance –Fear of one’s peers –Close bond with a bully

16 Peer Pressure Why give in? Why give in? –“Everyone’s doing it” mentality Desire to fit in Desire to fit in –Fear of consequences Being made fun of Being made fun of Being left out Being left out –Curiosity

17 Negative Peer Pressure Submitting to negative peer pressure Submitting to negative peer pressure –Desire to fit into the group –Labeled as a loser

18 Negative Peer Pressure Mostly effects: Mostly effects: –Girls based on their looks –Between ages of 10-14 years old Focuses on: Focuses on: –Importance of having a certain look –Being considered “pretty” or “handsome” –Looking like an idolized model/body builder –Pressure to have certain clothes, shoes, accessories

19 Negative Peer Pressure

20 Responding to Negative Peer Pressure There are 3 ways you can respond to negative peer pressure There are 3 ways you can respond to negative peer pressure –Passively –Aggressively –Assertively

21 Responding to Negative Peer Pressure The Passive Way The Passive Way –Giving up, giving in, or backing down without standing up for your own rights and needs –Passive people may think that they are making friends by going along with peer pressure

22 Responding to Negative Peer Pressure The Aggressive Way The Aggressive Way –Being overly forceful, pushy, hostile, or otherwise attacking in approach –The aggressive approach to saying no may involve punching, yelling, shouting insults, or displaying other kinds of physical or verbal force

23 Responding to Negative Peer Pressure The Assertive Way The Assertive Way –Stand up for your rights in a firm yet positive manner –State your position, acknowledge the rights of other individuals, and then stand your ground –Do not bully or back away –Become a role model for other teens

24 Peer Pressure and Refusal Skills Assertive Refusal Assertive Refusal How to win: How to win: –Prepare ahead of time for uncomfortable situations –Know where you stand on key issues –Do not allow yourself to seek comfort in making others feel bad –Think of yourself as a leader –Refuse to let yourself down

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26 Personalizing Peer Pressure What inner conflicts did the main character face? What inner conflicts did the main character face? What happened when he resisted peer pressure? And when he gave in? What happened when he resisted peer pressure? And when he gave in? Have you ever been in a situation where you felt like there was no right answer? Have you ever been in a situation where you felt like there was no right answer? What would you have done if you were in main character’s position? What would you have done if you were in main character’s position?


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