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Moral Injury: Contextualized Care.

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Meador, KG; Nieuwsma, JA
Published in: J Med Humanit
March 2018

Amidst the return of military personnel from post-9/11 conflicts, a construct describing the readjustment challenges of some has received increasing attention: moral injury. This term has been variably defined with mental health professionals more recently conceiving of it as a transgression of moral beliefs and expectations that are witnessed, perpetrated, or allowed by the individual. To the extent that morality is a system of conceptualizing right and wrong, individuals' moral systems are in large measure developmentally and socially derived and interpreted. Thus, in seeking to provide care and aid in reintegration for combat veterans, it is necessary to consider communities that have contributed to an individual's formation and that might have participated in the interpretation of his/her suffering. This can take many forms, but given that morality is often complexly intertwined with issues of religion, faith, and spirituality for many individuals, and recognizing that much of the current focus on moral injury is emanating out of healthcare contexts, we devote particular attention to how chaplains might be more intentionally engaged in healthcare systems such as the Veterans Health Administration to provide non-judgmental, person-centered, culturally-relevant care rooted in communities of practice to veterans with moral injury.

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J Med Humanit

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1573-3645

Publication Date

March 2018

Volume

39

Issue

1

Start / End Page

93 / 99

Location

United States

Related Subject Headings

  • Veterans
  • Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic
  • Morals
  • Humans
  • General Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Chaplaincy Service, Hospital
  • 5001 Applied ethics
  • 4702 Cultural studies
  • 2203 Philosophy
 

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Meador, K. G., & Nieuwsma, J. A. (2018). Moral Injury: Contextualized Care. J Med Humanit, 39(1), 93–99. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10912-017-9480-2
Meador, Keith G., and Jason A. Nieuwsma. “Moral Injury: Contextualized Care.J Med Humanit 39, no. 1 (March 2018): 93–99. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10912-017-9480-2.
Meador KG, Nieuwsma JA. Moral Injury: Contextualized Care. J Med Humanit. 2018 Mar;39(1):93–9.
Meador, Keith G., and Jason A. Nieuwsma. “Moral Injury: Contextualized Care.J Med Humanit, vol. 39, no. 1, Mar. 2018, pp. 93–99. Pubmed, doi:10.1007/s10912-017-9480-2.
Meador KG, Nieuwsma JA. Moral Injury: Contextualized Care. J Med Humanit. 2018 Mar;39(1):93–99.
Journal cover image

Published In

J Med Humanit

DOI

EISSN

1573-3645

Publication Date

March 2018

Volume

39

Issue

1

Start / End Page

93 / 99

Location

United States

Related Subject Headings

  • Veterans
  • Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic
  • Morals
  • Humans
  • General Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Chaplaincy Service, Hospital
  • 5001 Applied ethics
  • 4702 Cultural studies
  • 2203 Philosophy