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Women are more controlling and aggressive than men in relationships


· 每日跟讀單元 Daily English

Men are often thought to be the more aggressive partner, but a new study suggests this is not the case. Women are more likely than men to be aggressive and controlling towards their partner, according to the study.


More than 1,000 young men and women were questioned about any "Intimate Partner Violence" (IPV) they had inflicted on a girlfriend or boyfriend. The results are in contrast to earlier studies which suggested women are almost always the victims of such behaviour.


The research found that women showed controlling behavior along with serious levels of threats, intimidation and physical violence when in a relationship more often than men.


A study in the 1990s led by the US sociologist Professor Michael P Johnson coined the term "intimate terrorism" to describe controlling behavior in a relationship. Now increasing numbers of women can be classed as ’intimate terrorists’, meaning that they are verbally and physically violent towards a partner.


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