One big question: Are boys and girls really equally at risk to become victims or abusers?Some studies suggest they are and that girls may even be more likely than boys to lash out physically.In his own survey of 1,525 Latino youths ages 12 to 18, Cuevas says he found that boys with the strong family support "typical in traditional Latino culture" were less likely to psychologically abuse dates.Teens, like adults, sometimes have trouble recognizing that they are in an abusive relationship, experts say.The special edition in question, “Dating Survival Guide Declassified,” does not contain content that is libelous or gratuitously profane, nor does it promote any type of unsafe or illegal behavior to its audience.Instead, it is a collection of factual information and personal perspectives concerning a wholly relevant topic.Lead author Michele Ybarra, a researcher with the Center for Innovative Public Health Research in San Clemente, Calif., said in an e-mail that she could not discuss the study because it is under review for publication in a scientific journal.
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But abused girls may be more willing to seek help, Jones says: "There's a lot of stigma about boys and men reaching out when they are victims." The new survey results are in the line with some other findings, says Carlos Cuevas, a researcher from Northeastern University-Boston, who is presenting new data on dating violence among Latino youth at the conference.