Self esteem is an important factor in influencing how teenagers make decisions and engage in risk behaviour. It is important to understand what self esteem is, how it influences teenage risk behaviour, and how to help teens develop positive self esteem.
Understanding Self Esteem
Self esteem is an individual’s overall opinion and evaluation of oneself. It affects how teenagers think, feel, and behave. Self esteem can be either positive or negative and can be affected by external factors such as family and peers. A person with a positive self esteem is confident in their abilities and relationships, and is comfortable with themselves. A person with a negative self esteem may feel inadequate, worthless, or unworthy.
Teenage Risk Behaviour
Teenagers often engage in risk behaviour, such as experimenting with drugs or alcohol, as a way to cope with negative self-esteem. For example, a teen with low self esteem may engage in risky behaviour in an effort to fit in with their peers or to feel accepted and valued. Additionally, teens with a negative view of themselves may be more likely to take risks in order to prove their worth or feel more powerful.
On the other hand, teens with positive self esteem are more likely to make healthy decisions and resist peer pressure. Teens with positive self esteem are more likely to be assertive and confident in their own opinions and decisions, and they are more likely to be aware of the consequences of their actions.
Overall, self esteem plays an important role in influencing teenage risk behaviour. It is important to help teens develop positive self esteem in order to help them make healthier decisions and resist peer pressure. Parents, educators, and other adults in a teen’s life can help by providing positive reinforcement, teaching teens positive coping skills, and encouraging them to set and reach goals.