DISAPPOINTMENT & REJECTION
Middle-School students and teenagers all deal with disappointment and rejection. During these stages of life, middle-school students and teens generally measure their self-worth by the reaction of their peers. Studies conducted by Mitch Prinstein, Ph.D., director of Clinical Psychology at UNC Chapel Hill and editor of the Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, says that kids who experience peer rejection are more likely to drop out of school, use drugs and alcohol, and engage in risky sexual behavior. This is caused by a combination of factors, including stress and loneliness, the development of a hostile way of viewing the world, and the fact that rejected teens tend to seek out one another and together are more likely to do something dangerous.