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Patterns of dating abuse
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.
These findings, to be presented today in Honolulu at a meeting of the American Psychological Association, are the latest to shed light on a problem that has only come out of the shadows in recent years.
Researchers and educators eager to stop violent patterns early — and reduce abuse not only among teens but among the adults they will become — already are testing programs that teach younger children and teens how to have healthier relationships.
It might not be easy to identify domestic violence at first.
While some relationships are clearly abusive from the outset, abuse often starts subtly and gets worse over time.You might be experiencing domestic violence if you're in a relationship with someone who: Sometimes domestic violence begins — or increases — during pregnancy, putting your health and the baby's health at risk. Even if your child isn't abused, simply witnessing domestic violence can be harmful.Children who grow up in abusive homes are more likely to be abused and have behavioral problems than are other children.The survey also found that 29% of girls and 24% of guys said they had been both victims and abusers, in the same or different relationships.Lead author Michele Ybarra, a researcher with the Center for Innovative Public Health Research in San Clemente, Calif., said in an e-mail that she could not discuss the study because it is under review for publication in a scientific journal.Some studies suggest they are and that girls may even be more likely than boys to lash out physically.