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Perception that woman are gentler sex 'myth' exposed

By John Von Radowitz

Women are more likely than men to be controlling and aggressive towards their partners, a study has found.

The idea that they are the gentler sex is a myth – at least as far as partners are concerned, according to psychologists.

Far from the popular notion of women tending to be victims of "intimate partner violence", they were more verbally and physically aggressive to their other halves than men, the experts' findings showed.

Just as many women as men could also be classed as abusive "intimate terrorists" who coupled controlling behaviour with serious levels of threats, intimidation and physical violence.

Researchers questioned 1,104 young men and women about physical aggression and controlling behaviour involving partners and friends.

Dr Elizabeth Bates, from the University of Cumbria, added: "This study found that women demonstrated a desire to control their partners and were more likely to use physical aggression than men."

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