Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Themes of moral injury in trauma experiences of Vietnam combat veterans: A qualitative examination of the NVVRS
by Vargas, Alison Flipse, Psy.D., Pepperdine University, 2013, 90; 3543547
Abstract (Summary)

In the hopes of broadening our understanding of traumatic events, Litz et al. (2009) introduced moral injury (MI), defined as "perpetrating, failing to prevent, or bearing witness to acts that transgress deeply held moral beliefs and expectations" (p. 6). Although Drescher et al. (2011) interviewed trauma experts to identify types of events which could create MI, it is unknown how prevalent these themes are within a military context. Therefore, this qualitative study identifies the themes of traumatic events reported by a 100 randomly selected members of the Combat Subsample within the National Vietnam Veterans Readjustment Study (NVVRS), and compares these themes to those developed in the Drescher et al. (2011) study. Themes of traumatic events included Accidents, Combat, Natural Disaster, Family Accident or Death, Fight or Assault, Non-combat Injuries or Death, and Psychosocial High Magnitude Stressors. Although MI was not identified by coders as a major theme, 15 potential MI events were identified by principle investigators within the data. These findings support the concept of MI as related to combat veterans.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Foy, David
Commitee: Drescher, Kent, de Mayo, Robert
School: Pepperdine University
Department: Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-B 74/03(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Psychology, Clinical psychology
Keywords: Moral injury, Nvvrs, Trauma, Vietnam combat veterans
Publication Number: 3543547
ISBN: 9781267724786
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