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Statistics On Peer Pressure

By: Aurelia Category: Parenting A Teen

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Having open, honest conversations with your teens can not only help them balance the need to be cool and popular with the desire to make the right choices, but it also might save their lives. Peer pressure can be enormous on your teen, but how do you tell if your teen is struggling with the pressure?

  • Your teen suddenly tries to avoid going to school
  • You hear that your teen is being picked on
  • Your teen’s social life slows down or stops
  • Your teen acts angry, frustrated, or depressed

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), conducted a survey analyzing the risk behaviors among teens. According to the survey, peer pressure is directly responsible for an increase in risky behavior — things like cigarette smoking, drinking alcohol and having sex  among teens.

The CDC results were shocking. By the time teenagers are 14 years old,

  • 20% of them have tried a cigarette
  • 66% have tried alcohol
  • 25% reported having been involved in a binge drinking episode
  • 25% of teen girls tried illegal drugs as a direct result of peer pressure
  • More that one-third of teens have had sexual intercourse

What Can You Do?

Peer pressure does not work as well on kids with healthy self-esteem and actively involved parents. Teens with higher self esteem are less likely to get involved with drugs. A recent study conducted by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development demonstrated that actively involved parents who knew their children’s friends and had regular conversations with their children improved their ability to deal with teen peer pressure.  Another study conducted by National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University demonstrated that sitting down together as a family during the evening meal directly affected teen’s grades and self-esteem. Self-esteem is a critical component in dealing with peer pressure.

According to the study, teens that only eat dinner at home with their families twice a week or less were more likely to try marijuana, smoke a cigarette, or try alcohol compared with teens who eat at home more regularly. Even if your teen is involved in sports and doesn’t make it home in time for a regular meal, just sitting with him or her while she eats and listening to your teen talk about his or her day can make a difference. The more you are there, the more that you show you are interested in your teen’s life, the more likely they will be to make good choices when peer pressure is at its worst.

If you are concerned that peer pressure is having a negative impact on your teens, don’t wait! Sit and talk with your teens now. Let them know that you are interested in what is happening in their lives. Ask about their friends. Ask them how school is going. Remind them that you are there if they have problems they need to work through. Let them know how proud you are of them and how much you love them.

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7 Comments to “Statistics On Peer Pressure”


  1. I think these statistics are devastating. Even as a 16 year old girl, I think it’s crazy what this world is coming to. The youth are being tainted by the drugs and behavior of the media and even the people around them. This has to come to a halt and fast, or there will be no Generation X existing.

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  2. . I think they right cause you do have these problems. Cause I even experienced these problems. Some people probably think its but are they the ones that’s doing it to the people. I mean if parents would’ve done a better job in raising their kids right then the media woukld’nt hvae this problem. Its not just the kids fault he parents have a problem with getting they self togetha. I say yea they right peer pressure somthing else

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  3. Starlyn says:

    It shouldn’t matter what other people are doing. It’s better to be yourself than any other person in the world BECAUSE showing people that you can be took advantage of… you’ll become a different person. I’m only 14 and I wish my generation and the following generations will just learn to be themselves. I wish they knew which way to go… honestly.
    Also… we have to blame the parents for bringing these habits to their kids that pass it on to other kids that are inexperienced. That’s what they mean by, “We know how you are because of your parents.” Kids follow their parents. And parents are expected to lead the kids in the right direction.

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  4. true true true
    i totally believe this dude man jesus christ is the answer to all of our problems!!!!! turn to him and he will set u free!!!

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  5. Hi all,
    I am a teenager and I am currently doing an assignment for my school certificate on peer pressure and how it effects teens. I was just wondering can anyone tell me where the survey results are from like as in a country.

    Many thanks
    :)

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    • Aurelia says:

      These are U.S. statistics. Good luck on your assignment. There’s a search feature here on this site and if you search for ‘Peer pressure’ you will ring other statistics and information as well.

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  6. Ill tell you how to gain muscles!

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