Moral injury from war and other severe trauma.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Moral injury (MI) is a relatively new syndrome among military personnel with symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). While MI has received considerable attention in the psychological sciences, the syndrome has received relatively little notice within psychiatry. MI has been defined as the negative emotions that emerge from transgressing moral boundaries by military personnel during combat such as killing enemy combatants or innocent civilians, failing to protect innocents or fellow combatants, or observing others transgress moral boundaries. MI may also be frequent among civilians and health professionals, although, as in military personnel, is often unrecognized.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Koenig, HG; Al-Zaben, FN

Published Date

  • June 2020

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 12 / 2

Start / End Page

  • e12378 -

PubMed ID

  • 31943819

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1758-5872

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/appy.12378


  • eng

Conference Location

  • Australia