Moral Sensitivity in Young Gifted Children

  • Deirdre V. Lovecky


This chapter explores the development of moral sensitivity from infancy through elementary years, using an empathy-based model. Moral sensitivity is the ability to act in a way that takes into account others' feelings and needs. Moral sensitivity requires awareness of another's suffering, and the desire to do something to alleviate that suffering. How gifted children might develop empathy within this model is explored. The effects of intensity and sensitivity are discussed within a framework of the asynchrony between what young gifted children feel and what they are able to do. Anecdotes, as well as preliminary research on empathy in gifted children, complement the descriptions of how gifted children struggle with issues related to moral sensitivity.


Moral Reasoning Moral Development Gifted Child Violent Video Game Moral Sensitivity 
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  1. 1.ProvidenceUSA

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