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New research says boys are just as catty as girls.

boy tripping another boy

Here's a shocker: Teen boys are just as likely as girls to spread nasty rumors, gossip and intentionally exclude others, according to a new study conducted by the University of Arizona.

Wait a minute--- aren't girls supposed to be the bitchier sex?

"These conclusions challenge the popular misconception that women are the aggressive sex," says lead author Noel A. Card, an assistant professor of family studies and human development at the University of Arizona.

Card and his team analyzed the behavior of 74,000 children and teens. And despite the belief that girls are the cattier ones (thanks very much "Mean Girls" and "The Hills"), it was boys who struck the lowest blows.

The research included both physical aggression (pushing, tripping,) and social aggression (gossiping, name calling), which is intended to ruin a teen's social standing in his peer group.

And get this: Boys who are physically aggressive are more likely to exhibit ADHD-type symptoms, poor relationships with peers, and a refusal to help out or share with others. While social aggression is related to depression and low self-esteem.


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Debra Beck "My Feet Aren't Ugly" September 26, 2008, 1:21 PM

I have to grown girls myself, and my boyfriend has 2 twin 14 year old boys. They were here visited for a couple of weeks and I was surprised at their constant picking at each other. Mean words, physical rough housing although nothing really violent. I was shocked though at the caddiness that I always thought that girls were the caddy ones. Not the case, boys are too. I work with teen girls and it was quite an eye opener for me. My Feet Aren’t Ugly

Anna September 27, 2008, 9:41 PM

finally people get it. i was bullied in school… not by girls, but by boys, often the ones who “liked me”, most of the bullying was classifiable as sexual harrassment. Yea, occationally i met a catty girl but i was mostly bugged by boys.

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