Association with peers

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Adolescents easily absorb influences, images, and models that they are exposed to. In this sense, spending time with friends who are motivated by school will shape young people’s attitudes toward school. Future dropouts tend to spend time with peers who have dropped out, who may potentially drop out, or who have low educational goals. Through modeling, a group of delinquent friends could harm a student’s engagement with school and be a factor in their eventual dropping out.

Courses of effective action

  • Increase opportunities to interact with positive peers.
  • Offer varied extracurricular activities that interest youth, including outreach activities, to ensure that especially vulnerable youth take part.
  • Promote joint actions between schools, families, and the community.
  • Establish a positive disciplinary system at home and at school.

Source: Réunir Réussir