Girls are Under More Pressure in High Schools

General News | Mar-09-2021

Girls are Under More Pressure in High Schools

High school girls have experienced the peer pressure of losing weight and becoming thin like those “cheerleader popular girls”. Several researchers have demonstrated the importance of friends, suggesting that the weight-related attributes and behavior among friendship groups may predict body image, dieting onset, chronic dieting, and disorder symptoms, even after controlling for various family, friends, and individual factors (Eisenburg, Neumark-Sztainer, Story and Perry, 2005, p. 1116). High school girls often feel isolated due to their weight and believe their friends for advice. A number of those friends suggest dieting or other ways to scale back weight and girls take it very seriously and develop eating disorders and unhealthy weight. However, eventually, these girls realize that becoming thin and losing weight isn't as important as others make it bent be. These girls are often pressured indirectly to reduce to “fit-in”, which causes growth developmental problems and causes a disturbance in brain development. Self-harm is another key component in high school students. Students often prefer to self-harm because they're unable to handle stressful situations and believe self-harm release the strain that they need to be kept altogether at this point. The author of this study compared adolescent self-injuries with non-injuries and located that self-injuries showed higher physiological reactivity during a distressing task, a poorer ability to tolerate this distress, and deficits in several social problem-solving abilities (Nock and Mendes, 2008, p. 28). Students who are unable to handle the strain of high school believe self-harm to form them feel better.

By: Jyoti Nayak

Birla School, Pilani