Mean boys can be as bad as girls

October 10, 2008 1:54:58 PM PDT
Move over mean girls, a new report finds boys can be just as socially aggressive as females.When it comes to bullying, young women have always been branded as the ruthless gossips most likely to sabotage a classmate's popularity. But a new report from the University of Kansas claims girls are being unfairly singled out for this behavior.

Researchers analyzed 148 studies and found boys and girls used indirect aggression, such as spreading rumors, in nearly equal amounts.

While boys more often resorted to physical violence, they were just as likely to sabotage friendships and classmates to gain social standing.

Researchers say zero tolerance will only work if administrators acknowledge that bullying happens equally among boys and girls.


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