3 years ago

A Qualitative Examination of VA Chaplains’ Understandings and Interventions Related to Moral Injury in Military Veterans

Joseph M. Currier, Jason A. Nieuwsma, Wesley McCormick, Christine Cauterucio, Kent D. Drescher, Timothy D. Carroll, Brook M. Sims


This study examines VA chaplains’ understandings of moral injury (MI) and preferred intervention strategies. Drawing qualitative responses with a nationally-representative sample, content analyses indicated that chaplains’ definitions of MI comprised three higher order clusters: (1) MI events, (2) mechanisms in development of MI, and (3) warning signs of MI. Similarly, chaplains’ intervention foci could be grouped into three categories: (1) pastoral/therapeutic presence, (2) implementing specific interventions, and (3) therapeutic processes to promote moral repair. Findings are discussed related to emerging conceptualizations of MI, efforts to adapt existing evidence-based interventions to better address MI, and the potential benefits of better integrating chaplains into VA mental health service delivery.

Publisher URL: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10943-018-0682-3

DOI: 10.1007/s10943-018-0682-3

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