The present investigation sought to explore the relationship between dating cyber-abuse and moral sensitivity in a sample of college students. The sample consisted of 239 university students aged between 17 and 49 years old (M = 21.50; DP = 4.70). The instruments used were the Moral Sensitivity Scale (ESE), the Questionnaire on Cyberabuse in Dating (CibAN) and a sociodemographic questionnaire. The main results suggest that there are statistically significant differences according to gender in the dimensions victimization – direct aggression and perpetration – direct assault, with males presenting higher scores compared to females in both. There were also significant negative correlations between dimensions of cyberabuse and dimensions of moral sensitivity. In view of the evidenced results, the implementation of intervention programs aimed at the development of competences linked to moral sensitivity is considered extremely important, as these seem to allow the development of pro-social behaviours, thus contributing to the reduction of deviant behaviours.
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