15 papers on moral injury

Special issue of the journal Frontiers in Psychiatry

ARQ was proud to participate in a special issue of the journal Frontiers in Psychiatry. This special issue on moral injury includes fifteen papers on the conceptualisation and treatment of moral injury, covering different populations, including refugees, police officers and military veterans.

The issue is open access and available online. ARQ contributed five papers:

What is moral injury?

Moral injury is a clinical concept yielding increased scientific and clinical attention. While originating from a military context, it is increasingly applied in other contexts, such as humanitarian aid settings, and to other populations, such as refugees. Moral injury refers to the severe and prolonged psychosocial suffering people may experience after involvement in actions that transgress deep moral beliefs and expectations. This includes transgressive actions taken by themselves, witnessing such actions by others, and failing to prevent such actions.

Possible consequences

Involvement in moral transgressions may lead to strong and persistent feelings of guilt, shame or anger, a change in perceptions of oneself, others and the world, and social withdrawal or self-undermining behaviour. Counselling or treatment may be helpful when such feelings become severe and impairing.

More information on moral injury

Do you have questions on moral injury? Please contact ARQ clinical psychologist and post-doctoral researcher Jackie June ter Heide at j.ter.heide@arq.org.


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