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Peer pressure: beyond rhetoric to reality

Maxwell, Claire and Chase, Elaine (2008) Peer pressure: beyond rhetoric to reality. Sex Education, 8 (3). pp. 303-314. ISSN 1468-1811

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Additional Information: Internationally the concept of ‘peer pressure’ is widely used in analysing the factors influencing young people’s experiences of sex and pregnancy. Through a focused interrogation of relevant literature alongside findings from two studies conducted by the authors, this paper critically examines some of the complexities of the concept of ‘peer pressure’, and how it may reveal itself in different contexts. Focusing on young people’s narratives of sex and pregnancy, it argues that notions of ‘peer pressure’ may be inadequate to enable a full appreciation of the range of real pressures that two different groups of young people – those in public care, and a wider cross-section of youth living in the same geographical area – experience. The paper concludes by suggesting that a more sophisticated understanding of how (peer) pressure might operate requires that the concept be contextualised and seen as interacting with other factors influencing young people’s experiences of sex and pregnancy. In April 2010 we were informed that this paper 'featured in the top ten list of the journal’s articles (since the journal’s inception) downloaded from the Routledge online platform informaworld during 2009'. It is clearly reaching a broad, international audience.
Controlled Keywords: Sexual and reproductive health (inc. HIV/AIDS)
Divisions: IOE Departments > Departments > Thomas Coram Research Unit
Depositing User: IOE Repository Editor (1)
Date Deposited: 30 Mar 2010 09:32
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2013 12:01
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