Moral Injury Research

Moral injury is a topic that is getting considerable attention from the military chaplaincy and veteran research fields.  Multiple definitions for moral injury exist. The field of research has produced some survey instruments, but there is much more work to be done. Current definitions and scales were developed using sample populations with few women soldiers in them. Including the concrete experiences of women is a hallmark of feminist research. All of the research conducted by Moral Injury Support Network for Servicewomen, Inc. (MISNS) focuses on the experiences of service women and family members. These are underserved populations, both in research and support.

Currently, MISNS is conducting two research projects. In the first study, we are using a qualitative grounded theory design to create an explanatory theory of moral injury as it pertains to U.S. women veterans. More information can be found here:

The overall aim of the second project is to explore the phenomenon of being a spouse, ex-spouse, partner, or ex-partner of a military service member with a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This exploratory study will lay the groundwork for future projects aimed at addressing gaps in the field of knowledge related to moral injury in military family members. Learn more here:

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