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“The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” of Teenage Friendships

And for the crowd you have to wear the right clothes; you have to have the “attitude”; you have to be willing to bully people; you have to suck up to like your friends or whatever; you have to be outgoing, daring; you have to know certain people; and sometimes you have to be mean.

—Jenna, 15

The need to belong. Many teens feel that they don’t belong anywhere or with anyone, so they begin to act insensibly and thus run into trouble. Many kids will do anything so they can be “cool” and belong to a group. For example, some may try drugs so their “friends” will like them.

—Jaden, 16

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