(More on Time.com: The Tricky Politics of Tween Bullying) For the study, researchers surveyed 1,398 students from 22 urban high schools in Boston in 2008.
It is important to note that although male and female adolescents do not differ in "overall frequency of violence in dating relationships," females are subject to "significantly higher levels of severe violence".
Still, the results can help people who work with teenagers detect dating violence, Rothman said.
“This study supports the idea that we should go to those kids who are being violent with siblings and peers and address their violent behavior in general,” she said.
There is a common misconception that aggression is stable over time.
That is, young people who are labeled as or considered to be violent and aggressive at any point in time are then assumed to be dangerous for the rest of their lives.