Teen Bullies May Have More Sexual Partners


A study out of the University of Windsor in Canada found that teens with lesser traits of honesty, and humility were more likely to bully and have sex than more honest and cooperative teens.

The researchers believe that bullying might have evolved as a sign of strength that women looked for in a mate, since dominant men would protect the family, and provide. So, from an evolutionary standpoint dominance behavior might have been a sexual attractor, and served to scare away rivals.

For the study, two groups of adolescents were enrolled. One group of teens had a mean age of 18.3 years, while 14.6 years was the mean age in the second group. The participants responded to questionnaires about their sex life, number of intimate partners, and frequency of bullying behavior.

The participants also filled out a questionnaire that revealed their willingness to cooperate, indicated by strong traits of honesty and humility, or to exploit and provoke others, indicated by lesser degrees of humility and honesty.

The research data showed that younger teens scoring lower in honesty, and humility were more likely to implement bullying behaviors to pursue sexual partners than their more cooperative peers.

“Our findings indirectly suggest that exploitative adolescents may have more sexual partners if they are able to strategically use exploitative behavior like bullying to target weaker individuals,” said lead researcher Daniel Provenzano.

The adolescents lower in honesty and humility might also use bullying to show off traits of strength and dominance to attract the opposite sex, and maybe to make rivals appear weak, or frighten them off.

“Our results suggest that both research and intervention efforts with older and younger adolescents need to recognize and respond to the relationships between personality, sex and bullying,” says Provenzano.

Source: Springer
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