Peer victimisation a predictor of sexual behaviour among adolescents.Byline: ANI
Washington, February 18 (ANI): A new study from Binghamton University suggests that peer victimization victimization Social medicine The abuse of the disenfranchised–eg, those underage, elderly, ♀, mentally retarded, illegal aliens, or other, by coercing them into illegal activities–eg, drug trade, pornography, prostitution. in middle and high schools may be an important indicator of an individual's sexual behaviour later in life.
Published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences, the study report says that peer aggression and victimization during adolescence is a form of competition for reproductive opportunities.
Andrew C. Gallup, a member of the research team, said that female college students who were frequently victimized during middle and high school reported having sex at earlier ages and more sexual partners than their peers, while males reported just the opposite.
The researcher revealed that in a sample of over 100 college students, surveys showed that over 85 percent of all victimization occurred between members of the same sex, and that indirect victimization-such as teasing, demeaning, and isolating-predicted sexual behavior sexual behavior A person's sexual practices–ie, whether he/she engages in heterosexual or homosexual activity. See Sex life, Sexual life. , while physical aggression did not.
He said that the relevance of victimization and sexual behavior may be embedded in our evolutionary past.
"Aggression may resolve intrasexual competition for the same resources, often including members of the opposite sex. Adolescence serves as a premier age in which to study competition for reproductive access. As the life span of our ancestors Our Ancestors (Italian: I Nostri Antenati) is the name of Italo Calvino's "heraldic trilogy" that comprises The Cloven Viscount (1952), The Baron in the Trees (1957), and The Nonexistent Knight (1959). was greatly diminished, those who began having children at younger ages would have been selected over those who postponed their sexual behaviour," he said.
Gallup said that competition among peers for a boyfriend or girlfriend might be influenced by such socially aggressive behaviours, and that the study's results indicated different effects for males and females.Nearly inverse outcomes were observed between the sexes in terms of victimization and sexual behaviours," he said.
"And according to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.
2. In keeping with: according to instructions.
3. evolutionary theory
The researchers believe that victimization acts to lower social status in males, and thus females find these males less attractive.
They also propose that limited physical prowess or physical immaturity may be contributing to this effect, by promoting both an increased likelihood of being victimized and reduced sexual opportunity.
On the other hand, females who are highly victimized by other girls may have lower self-esteem and could be more susceptible to male sexual pressure, and thus the heightened sexual activity of female victims could be an artifact of male coercion.
Another possibility is that attractive girls may simply be the target of aggression by other girls out of envy and resentment over male attention. (ANI)
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