Study: Sassy teens less prone to peer pressure

December 22, 2011 2:16:28 PM PST
A new study may be good news for parents of argumentative teens: Their assertiveness may mean they won't cave in to peer pressure.

A University of West Virginia study gathered information on 150 teens from diverse backgrounds.

Researchers examined how the kids communicated with their moms, as well as their friendships, social skills, and alcohol use.

Their findings showed the teens best able to resist peer pressure were those who openly expressed their views to their mothers.

The study appears in the journal Child Development.