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Are People Diagnosed With Psychological Disorders Susceptible To Peer Pressure?

t2013 Mental Health Humor Peer PressureTequila eat the worm esa by Chato Stewart Cartoon


Psychological Disorders Peer Pressure

Are People Diagnosed With Psychological Disorders / mental health issues Susceptible To Peer Pressure? This is a good question, though I would really appreciate it more if I clearly identify the types of peer pressure. Since peer pressure can be used both for good reason or have negative impact on our lives.  I believe when many people hear the phase/term “peer pressure” we instinctively think of something negative.  Such as in my above Mental Health Humor cartoon with multi-hooked shady looking fish is pressing poor Jenny Fish to nibble the worm.  “DON’T EAT THE WORM” Jenny!

In my cartoon about Smoking and Mental Illness, I mention some stats that showed “over 200,000 people who live with mental illness,” and  “44% of cigarettes in the U.S. are smoked by people with a serious mental illness.”  That and the fact that Drug addiction is high among our ranks and we have a high number in jail and locked up for numerous reasons, could this be evidence: of a “weakness,”a state of perplexity or uncertainty over what to do in a difficult situation?

Peer Pressure Individually Wrapped

The psychological aspect of peer pressure has been a bit of a quandary as of late.  With some studies reflecting that Peer Pressure May Not Be As Powerful As You Think on our lives. While others say: Peer Pressure Begins in Elementary School.  Still there could be an argument Teens are More Likely to Resist Peer Pressure. As for me, I think peer pressure is individually wrapped as Twinkies and has very little with your state of mind and more to do with who you have around you.

If we have negative influence from negative people, then the same can be true with Positive Peer Pressure.  Are You a Positive person?

Here take my test:

The Positive Peer Pressure Scale

DIRECTIONS: Below are 5 statements with which you must agree or disagree. Using the 1-7 scale below, indicate your agreement with each item by placing the appropriate
number in the line preceding that item. Please be open and honest in your responding.

Score 1 = Strongly Disagree
Score 2 = Disagree
Score 3 = Slightly Disagree
Score 4 = Neither Agree or Disagree
Score 5 = Slightly Agree
Score 6 = Agree
Score 7 = Strongly Agree

______1. In most ways my peer pressure was too easy to resist.
______2. The conditions of my peer pressure affected my life positively.
______3. The conditions of my peer pressure affected my life negatively.
______4. Positive psychology peer pressure may not be as powerful as Positive friends.
______5. I am able to keep my wits about me even in the face of peer pressure.


If you scored… Then…
25 -35
5 – 15
Positive peer pressure is likely – Your Fine!
peer pressure is probable
peer pressure is likely



Are People Diagnosed With Psychological Disorders Susceptible To Peer Pressure?

Chato Stewart

Chato Stewart has a mission, to draw and use humor as a positive tool to live, to cope with the debilitating effects symptoms of mental illness. Chato Stewart is a Mental Health Hero and Advocate. Recovery Peer Specialist board-certified in Florida. Chato is the artist behind the cartoons series Mental Health Humor, Over-Medicated, and The Family Stew - seen here in his blog posts. The cartoons are drawn from his personal experience of living with bipolar disorder (and other labels). [email protected]

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Stewart, C. (2013). Are People Diagnosed With Psychological Disorders Susceptible To Peer Pressure?. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 13, 2020, from


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