While it has been often assumed that boys exhibit physically
aggressive behavior to get their way, both boys and girls indulge in indirect
aggression. Researchers from University
of Arizona observed the
behavior of more than 74,000 children, many of whom were teenagers.
The researchers found that kids who indulge in indirect
aggressive behavior often suffer from self-esteem problems but are socially
active in order to harness support from friends to either encourage gossip or
exclude other children from their social groups.