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Swedish boys fight less than other boys: study

13 Dec 2012, 14:49

Published: 13 Dec 2012 14:49 GMT+01:00

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The study, published on Thursday by Sweden's West University (Högskolan Väst) , looked at children aged seven to 10 in nine countries around the world: Colombia, the Philippines, Italy, Jordan, Kenya, China, Sweden and the US.

Senior psychology lecturer Emma Sorbring led the Swedish study, which is part of a long-term look at how parents rear their children.

She thinks the boys' lesser propensity for violence compared to their peers in other countries fits well into the social context in Sweden.

”We’ve worked for equality in Sweden for a long time so it is plausible that these results mirror that,” she said in a statement.

She noted that not only parents but daycare staff and teachers contribute to young boys’ development.

”In Sweden we have a very low tolerance level for aggression,” Sorbring noted.

Researchers in the participating countries interviewed 100 children each about their everyday lives. Boys and girls had to answer whether they had shoved or thrown anything at someone in the past month.

The researchers also asked the children about other forms of anti-social behaviours such as bullying or taunting or excluding another child from the group.

As many as 76 percent of the children said they had not engaged in any such behaviour.

Compared with their international peers, Swedish boys were more well-behaved but they were still wont to fight more often than Swedish girls did.

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Researchers in all nine countries reported a correlation between reports of physical violence and anti-social behaviour. In other words, where there were incidents of bullying and taunting, the likelihood of the child getting into physical altercations was also higher.

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17:59 December 13, 2012 by Emerentia
I think that it's because it's illegal to hit children in Sweden. Kid who get hit at home by their parents are more likely to hit other children, than kids who don't experience violent behaviour at home.
22:19 December 13, 2012 by EmployedProfessional
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06:34 December 14, 2012 by coswede
All swedes are pussies
10:14 December 17, 2012 by darko grkinic
Hello! I´m from sweden and i dont agry with that to. I think that Emma Sorbring did wrong research caus i lived in a getto in Göteborg and I so how wild cna be the sewdish kids. Now ill take in swedish. Jag tror att du Emma Sorbring propagerar en rasistisk sak . Enligt dig svenska pojkar är lugnare, snällare, etc.. Hur kan du säga så när du och jag vet att det är inte sant. Har du varit i Göteborgs gettos där du har också svenska familjer och dem visar ingen respekt heller för äldre eller andra och plus att dem slås och är mobbare. Så det som jag kan tror är det är mer rikedom som avgör beteende i vissa fal. Jag kommer ihåg 80-tals barn som var jätte finna och snälla och jag känner barnet som kom under kriget och efter och kan säga att skillnad är stort. Så enligt mig har du fel. Alla barn är lika det är upp till omgivningen och samhälles som avgör beteende i visa fal.
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