What is SOCIAL PRESSURE?
It is the influence that is exerted on a person or group by another person or group. It includes rational argument, persuasion, conformity and demands. (Psychology dictionary) Peer pressure
Peer pressure is a social pressure that causes individuals mostly teens in doing something they have never done or don’t usually do. Peer pressure can affect the family because there will be changes in attitudes from a member. Certain indications like when a girl has been pressured to have sex with her boyfriend and he has invited her to a party to do it; her mother says no and her attitude arises from that once peaceful quiet angel to a devil of darkness. Peer pressure can destroy families if influenced in a negative way. Not all peer pressure is a sure bad influence. Some peer pressure like churches and Christians on fire for Christ can help a person to want to be better. Also a smart person who is getting good grades could pressure you to do so as well. Unemployment
Unemployment is common among the Bahamian society. Many struggle with the lack of a job to sustain living. This social pressure is a very serious one, this can affect the way a family may have to live or is presently living. Parents not being able to provide for their children and themselves become stressed and hurt. This is truly a load or burden so much as a pressure. Lack of finance
Lack of finance is common amongst impoverished groups here in the Bahamas. These are the people with low income jobs who find it hard to sustain a living. This affects the family because each individual will desire to have things that a common middle class person may have, and will not be able to obtain it because they simply can’t afford it. Lack of finance is a problem too because it causes crime in the country; many people are robbing at gunpoint; selling drugs to get this money and hustling on the streets. All this because a mother could not afford to by her son those new Jordan’s or a father could not afford to buy his daughter that Kipling bag she wanted. Alcoholism
Alcoholism is a major pressure felt by the majority of families. Men most considerably go to the bar, get drunk and then go off with some woman that isn’t his wife whilst his wife is at home taking care of her children awaiting the arrival of her husband. This is one of the leading causes of divorce and distrust in the family and causes many families to be broken. Domestic Violence
Domestic violence is a gang related pressure that affects the family a great deal. A family that has a gang member may suffer the toll of his/her death or imprisonment. This is usually as a result of selling drugs; messing with another gang and even a girlfriend who is with another guy. This is what happens commonly in our Bahamians society.
Substance abuse is a pressure that involves a great deal of people. You have the suppliers, the sellers and the consumers. They all have to cooperate in order for drug selling to be effective which can affect the average family. Why? Because drug dealing brings in a great deal of money if not caught; a family member might not have finances to sustain him/her so the yield to the pressure of selling drugs. But the main ways substance abuse can affect the family is when a member is on drugs. He/she may lose his/her mind; may become brutal to children or other members of the family and may even die because of an overuse of drugs. This has contributed to the crime rate in the Bahamas.
Problems faced by the family
Every family faces problems today in society. There is no such thing as a perfect family, like for instance the first family that ever existed was Adam and his family. Cain was jealous of his brother because his offering was pleasing to the Lord, and as a result he killed his brother Abel. Some of the problems faced by the family are lack of finance, religion,...
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