A study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine suggests that teaching teenagers about gender equality can greatly affect the way they reason and behave and thus drastically reduce their chances of turning out violent.
About the Survey
The study involves a total of 866 teenage boys from low income neighborhoods in the United States aged between 13 and 19 years.
The survey, as reported by Newsweek, included asking the teenagers questions on violence against their partners or someone they were hooking up with. Th violent acts covered in the survey are in the scope of forceful performance of a sex act with or without the use of threats, and having sex with a person too drunk or high to say no.
The survey revealed one in three of the participants had been abusive while dating in the past nine months. Of the total, 56 percent had sexually harassed someone; and 8.2 percent had had sex with someone who was too drunk to consent. Seventy three percent of the teenagers had bullied someone.
Survey Analysis and Conclusion
In the analysis of the survey, it was noted that the boys who viewed men and women as equal were less likely to say they had been violent. That is, they are less likely to be included in sexual harassment and abusing someone they were dating. Also, teenagers who had experienced their peers being abusive were more likely to perpetrate a range of forms of violence, including abusing a partner.
Ultimately, encouraging boys to see all gender as equal as well as encouraging heterosexual friendship from childhood can help to develop empathy and consequently reduce violence rate generally.