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How big of a part does peer pressure play in teens’ decisions to have sex?

Asked at Centennial Park on May 22, 2003

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“I think TV has a lot of influence, more than friends do.”

“Drugs are the No. 1 thing.”

“If a girl doesn’t do it and all her friends want her to, then she thinks they’ll get mad at her. She wants to fit in.”

“I think that peers have a large influence. Looking back to high school, I can recall teens being very vocal about participating in sex, persuading other kids to get involved in it.”


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