Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Morally injurious symptomatology: A qualitative examination of the NVVRS
by Kraus, Douglas Stewart, Psy.D., Pepperdine University, 2013, 79; 3557820
Abstract (Summary)

As with all psychological constructs in their infancy, it is important to operationalize a definition as part of the construct validation process. As a phenomenon that continues to gain recognition amongst the psychological community, Moral Injury (MI) is no different. Although Litz et al. (2009) introduced and defined MI as the "psychological, biological, spiritual, behavioral, and social impact of perpetrating, failing to prevent, or bearing witness to acts that transgress deeply held more beliefs and expectations," Drescher et al. (2011) found that a similar working definition was "inadequate" and lacked clarity according to trauma experts' opinion. The following exploratory, qualitative study attempts to validate and enhance the current definitional understanding of MI by identifying associated thematic signs and symptoms as reported by 100 randomly selected veterans from the Combat Subsample of the National Vietnam Veterans Readjustment Study (NVVRS). Major themes generated by blind coders were compared with thematic signs and symptoms of MI as developed by Drescher et al. (2011). Although MI was not identified as a theme by coders, signs and symptoms of MI were identified throughout the data.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Foy, David W.
Commitee: Drescher, Kent, deMayo, Robert
School: Pepperdine University
Department: Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-B 74/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Psychology, Clinical psychology
Keywords: Moral injury, National vietnam veterans readjustment study, Nvvrs, Signs, Symptoms, Trauma
Publication Number: 3557820
ISBN: 9781303016523
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