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Treatment of Moral Injury in U.S. Veterans with PTSD Using a Structured Chaplain Intervention.

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Ames, D; Erickson, Z; Geise, C; Tiwari, S; Sakhno, S; Sones, AC; Tyrrell, CG; Mackay, CRB; Steele, CW; Van Hoof, T; Weinreich, H; Koenig, HG
Published in: J Relig Health
October 2021

Moral injury is a complex phenomenon characterized by spiritual, psychological, and moral distress caused by actions or acts of omission inconsistent with an individual's moral and ethical values. We present two cases from an ongoing randomized controlled trial of a spiritually integrated structured intervention delivered by chaplains for individuals suffering from moral injury. Chaplains met with Veterans for twelve 50-min sessions that each focused on a specific domain of moral injury. Participants were asked to complete validated scales assessing symptoms of moral injury and PTSD, including the PTSD Checklist for DSM-5 (PCL-5), Moral Injury Symptom Scale-Military Version Short Form, and Moral Injury Symptom Scale-Military Version Long Form. We report on two Veterans who completed the intervention and demonstrated significant improvement in moral injury and PTSD symptoms.

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J Relig Health

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EISSN

1573-6571

Publication Date

October 2021

Volume

60

Issue

5

Start / End Page

3052 / 3060

Location

United States

Related Subject Headings

  • Veterans
  • Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic
  • Social Psychology
  • Morals
  • Military Personnel
  • Humans
  • Clergy
  • 1117 Public Health and Health Services
 

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Ames, D., Erickson, Z., Geise, C., Tiwari, S., Sakhno, S., Sones, A. C., … Koenig, H. G. (2021). Treatment of Moral Injury in U.S. Veterans with PTSD Using a Structured Chaplain Intervention. J Relig Health, 60(5), 3052–3060. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10943-021-01312-8
Ames, Donna, Zachary Erickson, Chelsea Geise, Suchi Tiwari, Sergii Sakhno, Alexander C. Sones, Chaplain Geoffrey Tyrrell, et al. “Treatment of Moral Injury in U.S. Veterans with PTSD Using a Structured Chaplain Intervention.J Relig Health 60, no. 5 (October 2021): 3052–60. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10943-021-01312-8.
Ames D, Erickson Z, Geise C, Tiwari S, Sakhno S, Sones AC, et al. Treatment of Moral Injury in U.S. Veterans with PTSD Using a Structured Chaplain Intervention. J Relig Health. 2021 Oct;60(5):3052–60.
Ames, Donna, et al. “Treatment of Moral Injury in U.S. Veterans with PTSD Using a Structured Chaplain Intervention.J Relig Health, vol. 60, no. 5, Oct. 2021, pp. 3052–60. Pubmed, doi:10.1007/s10943-021-01312-8.
Ames D, Erickson Z, Geise C, Tiwari S, Sakhno S, Sones AC, Tyrrell CG, Mackay CRB, Steele CW, Van Hoof T, Weinreich H, Koenig HG. Treatment of Moral Injury in U.S. Veterans with PTSD Using a Structured Chaplain Intervention. J Relig Health. 2021 Oct;60(5):3052–3060.
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Published In

J Relig Health

DOI

EISSN

1573-6571

Publication Date

October 2021

Volume

60

Issue

5

Start / End Page

3052 / 3060

Location

United States

Related Subject Headings

  • Veterans
  • Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic
  • Social Psychology
  • Morals
  • Military Personnel
  • Humans
  • Clergy
  • 1117 Public Health and Health Services