Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Does Finnish Study On Youth Violence Miss Important Data?

From Helsingin Sanomat:

Finnish boys aged 15 to 16 are more likely to experience violence from their dating partners than girls of the same age. The matter comes out in a study by the National Research Institute on Legal Policy.

An extensive survey on youth crime shows that 22 per cent of boys in a dating relationship had been hit at least once by their girlfriends. Only six per cent of girls had experienced similar events.

The most serious types of violence is striking someone with a fist or a hard object, or kicking. Nine per cent of boys and two per cent of girls had experienced such attacks.

Being grabbed, or prevented from moving was the only type of violence that girls experienced more often than boys. The figures were 19 per cent and 14 per cent respectively.
The danger in using this survey to declare Finnish girls more abusive than Finnish boys in dating relationships is that girls who have been grabbed or prevented from moving may hit or kick that boy in self defensive. Grabbing someone and preventing them from moving could also be done in self defense, but the rates for this type of abuse are higher than what is listed as the most serious types of violence.

If up to 19 percent of boys are using grabbing and/or preventing a girl from moving as a way to control girls then some of the 9 percent of boys who have been struck with a fist or hard object or kicked must be restraining a girl when this happens. The question is what percentage.

The researcher may be right about how primary prevention messages directed at boys may allow girls to view violence against boys as acceptable or she may only be partly right. The problem with trying to quantify genuine acts of self defense is that those who are not acting in genuine self defense may rationalize their abusive actions as acts of self defense.

Gaining more insight into offensive vs. defensive violence is more than a gender spitting match. It will help those teaching teens about violence to understand the actual dynamics of the numbers being reported.


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posted by Marcella Chester @ 8:18 AM   1 comments links to this post


At September 16, 2009 4:19 PM, Blogger JENNIFER DREW said...

There was a similar major problem with the Conflict Tactics Scale which claimed women and men equally committed violence against their partners. Missing from the research was whether or not women committed violence against abusive male partners in self-defence. Later studies disproved Conflict Tactics Scale as seriously flawed.

The NSPCC UK charity recently published a three year in-depth research into partner exploitation and violence in teenage intimate relationships.

Among the findings were that 70% teenage girls interviewed said their boyfriends had subjected to them to sexual violence. Only 13% boys said their girlfriends had subjected them to sexual violence.

This research is a landmark study for the UK because until this study very little was known about teenage male violence towards teen girls and young women.

It appears the Finnish study has succumbed to the belief that 'violence' is inflicted equally by both teenage girls and boys on their respective dating partners. No recognition appears to have been made concerning how and why 'violence' occurs or whether such violence as committed in self-defence.

Commonly claims are constantly made that women are equally or even more violent than men but feminist empirical evidence consistently refutes these claims.

The UK's University of Bristol recently published research on adult intimate partner violence and found that far more men committed serial physical and/or sexual violence against their female partners than women. Yet the UK's legal system continues to arrest more women for 'violence against intimate partners' than men who commit similar offences against their female partners.


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