(ONTARIO, Canada) – A new study suggests that bar fights do not always involve men in a testosterone-driven rage, but rather sometimes involve men who are non-aggressive, unwilling participants.
The study, published in Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, surveyed 675 Canadian male drinkers ages 19-25. Almost half of those surveyed said they had participated in a bar fight within the previous year.
Researchers at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Ontario, Canada found that men who reported initiating the fight scored higher on measures of aggressive personality traits and hypermasculinity, or exaggerated stereotypical male behavior, than the 18 percent of men who only reported being victimized in a bar fight situation.
The authors concluded that there is a sizeable group of unwilling victims who do not have the hypermasculine and aggressive personalities and whose victimization should not be trivialized by the “boys will be boys” mindset.
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