Girls were more likely to say they had physically abused their partners; boys were "much more likely" to say they had sexually abused someone, the association says.But it did not provide specific numbers on those differences.In this 2010 photo North Plainfield High School drama students Luis Salazar, right, as "C.
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More girls reported perpetrating physical dating violence than boys (34 percent vs. In addition, 64 percent of girls and 45 percent of boys reported perpetrating verbal emotional abuse toward a dating partner. Nearly one in four girls and one in seven boys reported being victims of sexual coercion in a teen dating relationship. NIJ-funded research has also examined the prevalence of dating violence among a national sample of Latino adolescents.
Phone interviews were conducted with 1,525 Latino teens, ranging in age from 12 to 18, most of whom (76.1 percent) were born in the United States.
But he says the details behind the gender findings in various studies are important.
When girls are the aggressors, he says, "it tends to be low-level behaviors, light hitting, name calling, things like that.
But as they seek to understand why so many young people hit, demean or force sex on their partners, much remains unclear.
One big question: Are boys and girls really equally at risk to become victims or abusers?
When you look at serious sexual and severe physical assault, we tend to see a bit more from the boys than the girls."Dorothy Espelage, a researcher at the University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign, says, "Without measures of fear, severity and injury, we need to be cautious" about interpreting the new nationwide survey results.