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  • Level: GCSE
  • Subject: Drama
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To discover the effects of peer pressure on younger people as compared to older people, and to see which type of peer pressure used will create the most response to peer pressure.

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Purpose To discover the effects of peer pressure on younger people as compared to older people, and to see which type of peer pressure used will create the most response to peer pressure. Hypothesis Younger people will be more prone to peer pressure, and more will respond to the joke situation. Background Info: Peer pressure has many definitions, but one meaning. Peer pressure can be about conformity (Bailey 1). It revolves around influence, compliance, persuasion, brainwashing, thought control and social psychology (Rhoads 5-8). Many statements are written about how to cope with peer pressure, what causes it, and why it is present. In this experiment, we will see how easily people can be persuaded by peer pressure. There are many forms of peer pressure. Some come in the form of media, or propaganda. Messages from TV, radio and magazines shoot by us everyday, most go unnoticed but subconsciously, they are picked up (Rhoads1-2). Media propaganda is a mild form of peer pressure. The most familiar form occurs with people your own age. Your friends are probably the most influential people you will ever encounter. They pressure you into the kind of clothes you wear (Mozer 2). They can pressure you into gangs, cults, sex, drugs and alcohol (Lingren 2, Bailey 1). ...read more.


Good propaganda can be an advertisement to not smoke. The fifth definition is brainwashing, or thought control. This is probably the lowest form of influence. It involves compliance, persuasion, and propaganda. It alters one's beliefs with other beliefs; more than often these beliefs are bad and destructive. The sixth and final definition of influence is social psychology. Social psychology is the study of beliefs, behaviors and attitudes of a person (Rhoads 6-8). All of these definitions combined explain the powers behind influence and peer pressure (Rhoads 6-8) Works Cited 1. Bailey, William J. Peer Pressure and Other Social Pressures- IPRC INFOsite <http://www.drugs.indiana.edu/drug_info/peer_pressure.html> 2. Lingren, Herbert G. Adolescence and Peer Pressure, NF95-211 Dec.1995 <http://www.ianr.unl.edu/pubs/family/nf211.htm> 3. Mozer, Mark Peer Pressure <http://www.imageplaza.com/parenting/peerpres.html> 4. Rhoads, Kelton Cult Influence Tactics April 1999 <http://www.influenceatwork.com/cult.html> 5. Rhoads, Kelton Cult Influence Tactics 2 April 1999 <http://www.influenceatwork.com/cult2.html> 6. Rhoads, Kelton Everyday Influence Apr. 1999 <http://www.influenceatwork.com/everyinfl.html> 7. Rhoads, Kelton Persuasion, Compliance & Propaganda April 1999 <http://www.influenceatwork.com/definit.html> 8. Rhoads, Kelton What Can Influence Do? April 1999 <http://www.influenceatwork.com/whatcan.html> 9. Sagarin, Brad Cult Defense Tactics 1997 <http://www.influenceatwork.com/cultdef.html> Materials Fourteen people ranging from the age of 10-18, 14 people aged over 18, Two identical pictures of a triangle, Comfortable setting. Procedure 1. (Young people) Begin by informing four people of this experiment. These four people will remain constant throughout the experiment. 2. Introduce one person to join into a setting with the other four pre-selected people. ...read more.


In the experiment, there are four parts for younger people and four parts for older people. In the procedure, each group is told a joke. Four pre selected were preinformed to laugh at it. The other people are observed as to whether or not they gave into peer pressure. In the next part, the subjects are asked to identify the larger of two triangles, which are actually the same size. Next, they must identify a sound, after the first four have identified it as something else. Finally, they are asked of the color of the sky, after the first four have identified it falsely. The process or repeated with older people. My hypothesis is that younger people will be more prone to peer pressure, and they will give into the joke-telling situation. The results prove the first part of my hypothesis correct, but the second part wrong. More people went with their peers when identifying triangle size and when identifying the mystery sound. Two younger subjects gave into the color of the sky situation, but no older subjects did. Some laughed at the joke, but maybe because it was funny to them. My conclusion stated that this data may be used in the future against negative forms of peer pressure. It could be used to find ways to fight destructive cult peer pressure. ?? ?? ?? ?? Zachary May 12-12-00 3rd ...read more.

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