Mapping the cyber interpersonal violence among young populations: a scoping review

Barbara Machado, Sonia Caridade, Isabel Araujo, Paula Lobato Faria

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The increase in digital practices and networking has introduced important changes to social interactions. The extensive use of technology among young people has allowed for cyber communication, which has numerous benefits but can also trigger violence in relationships. Interpersonal violence affecting young people is becoming more widely recognized as a public health issue. The aim of this scoping review is to map and systematize the published academic literature on Cyber Interpersonal Violence (CIV) amongst young people, following the methodological approach proposed by Arksey and O’Malley. Five databases were searched: PubMed, Scopus, CINAHL (EBSCOhost), Science Direct and Social Sciences Citation Index. Eighteen studies in English, Portuguese, Spanish and French, published from 2004 onwards, were included. Three main areas arose in the CIV: cyber dating abuse, cyberbullying and cyber-harassment. Investing in prevention is the key to preventing cyber violence.

Original languageEnglish
Article number207
JournalSocial Sciences (Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute)
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2022


  • young populations
  • cyber violence
  • interpersonal violence
  • scoping review


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