Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Why “Just say no” doesn't work

Just saying 'no' is weak approach to resisting peer pressure | Science Blog:

A clear cut “no” is seldom as effective as clever beating around the bush in helping teens to resist peer pressure that gets them into trouble, a new University of Florida study has found. Middle school students who found different ways to decline social pressures were 6 1/2 times less likely to steal, shoplift, engage in fights or commit vandalism as those who relied solely on the assertive response touted by many prevention programs, said UF psychology professor Julia Graber, who did the study.
They didn't test sex, but who doubts that it works the same way?