However, boys in the intervention group were significantly less likely than boys in the control group to engage in dating violence (2.7 percent, compared to 7.1 percent).
Girls in both groups showed the same rates of dating violence (11.9 percent versus 12 percent).
For example, higher levels of bonding to parents and enhanced social skills can protect girls against victimization.
Similarly, for boys, high levels of parental bonding have been found to be associated with less externalizing behavior, which in turn is associated with less teen dating violence victimization.
She stated that each year 1.5 million high school students experienced dating violence.