Sexual and severe physical violence among high school students: Power beliefs, gender and relationship
American Journal of Orthopsychiatry
In a sample of 463 high school students, 43% reported being the victim of either sexual violence or severe physical violence by peers in the past year. Perpetrators were more likely to be known rather than unknown to the victim, or to be dating/ex-dating partners, and 70% of those who experienced violence by peers were girls. Findings support a view of high school peer violence that encompasses relationship, gender, effects on the victim, and beliefs about both male role power and personal power.
Bennett, L. & Fineran, S. (1998). Sexual and severe physical violence among high school students: Power beliefs, gender and relationship. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 67 (4), 645-652.