According to experts at Harvard
School of Public Health in Boston, school bullies are four times more likely to
turn into wife beaters than non-bullies. Recent evidence shows that men who
admit to bullying their peers in childhood appear to have an increased risk of
intimate-partner violence (IPV).
Experts surveyed 1,491 men between
18-35 years of age. It was noted that 16% of them carried out physical or
sexual partner violence during the last year and out of those 38% said they had
frequently bullied others when they were younger.
Experts feel that programs that
may seek to reduce bullying peers during school may be effective to reduce
future violence perpetration within intimate partner relationships by focusing
on the reduction of abusive behaviors and the promotion of equitable attitudes
across settings, life stages and relationships.
The research has been published in Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine.