Boys and dating violence
In addition, women’s less severe forms of aggression are also more socially acceptable.Besides possible differences in reporting dating violence, young men and women respond to the harmful effects of dating violence in different ways.Positive behavior by community members has been shown to reduce the likelihood of dating violence.In contrast, a negative home environment and community factors such as child mistreatment or abuse, low levels of parental supervision, and exposure to family violence are all risk factors for dating violence.Because adolescence is a time of exploration and development, the teen years are an important window for learning about healthy dating and relationships.
A 2000 study found that less than 3% of boys or girls reported the incident to an authority figure, such as a teacher, police, or counselor, and only 6% reported it to a family member.
Another study claimed that 52% of perpetrators were females.
So are girls just as violent or perhaps even more violent towards their partners as boys?
This finding has important implications, namely that interventions should focus primarily on changing male behavior.
However, more recent studies have found girls committing dating violence at higher rates than males.
According to some researchers, females initiate many acts of aggression but they are usually the less severe forms (such as slapping and pinching) whereas males tend to use more harmful types of violence, such as punching and sexual assault).