Journal of Medical Ethics and History of Medicine 2015. 8(0):.

Moral self-concept and moral sensitivity in Iranian nurses
Fariba Borhani, Mohammad Keshtgar, Abbas Abbaszadeh


Nurses are often faced with serious situations that require high levels of legal and ethical knowledge, and should therefore be

sensitive to the moral issues in their profession in the decision making process. Some studies have investigated nurses’ moral

self-concept as an effective factor in moral sensitivity, but there is not sufficient evidence to support this. The purpose of this

study was to determine the correlation between moral sensitivity and moral self-concept in nurses employed in the teaching

hospitals in Zahedan, Iran.

This cross-sectional descriptive study aimed to study the relationship between moral self-concept and moral sensitivity in nurses

employed in the teaching hospitals affiliated with Zahedan University of Medical Sciences. Chang’s Moral Self-Concept

Questionnaire and Lutzen’s Moral Sensitivity Questionnaire were used for data collection. Data analysis was performed using

SPSS software version 17.

A total of 188 nurses participated in this study. The results showed that there was a positive and significant relationship between

moral self-concept and moral sensitivity (


< 0.05).

Based on our findings, an individual's attention to moral issues can lead to greater sensitivity and result in morally responsible


behavior at the time of decision making. Consequently, promotion of moral self-concept through personal effort or education


can increase moral sensitivity, which in turn leads to behavioral manifestations of ethical knowledge.




moral self-concept, moral sensitivity, moral decision making, nurse, Iran

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