Peer Refusal Skills

To grow into healthy and productive adults, children need to develop the ability to resist harmful peer pressure and make good choices. Resistance to peer pressure to use drugs and engage in other negative behaviors is influenced by family structure and strength of relationships with parents (Farrell & White 1998), and factors such as personal and social skills, which may be taught (Botvin 2000).

Assessing a program’s success at improving the ability to resist harmful peer pressure may be done by comparing self-reported data at program intake, at regular intervals during the program, and at exit. Programs should expect to find early signs that this outcome is changing. If this is not the case, a closer examination of program design, implementation and quality of service delivery may be necessary. 

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Source Cited

Botvin, G. (2000). Preventing drug abuse in schools: Social and competence enhancement approaches targeting individual-level etiologic factors. Addictive Behaviors, 6 (25), 887-897.

Farrell, A. D.,White, K. S. (1998). Peer influences and drug use among urban adolescents: Family structure and parent–adolescent relationship as protective factors. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 66(2), 248-258.