Perpetrating Cyber Dating Abuse: A Brief Report on the Role of Aggression, Romantic Jealousy and Gender

  • Heather Deans
  • Manpal Singh BhogalEmail author


There is increasing evidence that the use of electronic communication technology (ECT) is being integrated into romantic relationships, which can be used as a medium to control a romantic partner. Most research focuses on the victims of cyber dating abuse, however, we focused on the factors that predict perpetration of cyber dating abuse. We explored whether aggression (verbal aggression, physical aggression, anger and hostility), romantic jealousy (emotional, cognitive and behavioral jealousy), and gender predicted perpetration of cyber dating abuse (n = 189). We found that hostility, behavioral jealousy and gender significantly predicted perpetration of cyber dating abuse. The findings of this study contribute to our understanding of the psychological factors that drive cyber dating abuse in romantic relationships.


Cyberpsychology Cyber dating abuse Aggression Romantic jealousy Electronic communication technology 



We thank James E Bartlett for his valuable comments on an earlier draft of this manuscript.

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This research involved collecting data from human participants.

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Informed consent was taken from all participants who took part in this study.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Psychological, Social and Behavioural SciencesCoventry UniversityCoventryUK
  2. 2.Psychology Department, School of Life Sciences and EducationStaffordshire UniversityStoke-on-TrentUK

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