Current Research Project

Moral Injury in Women Veterans: A Grounded Theory Study

We have partnered with the Chaplaincy Innovation Lab to conduct this important study for U.S. women veterans. This project is partially funded by a grant from the University of Phoenix

Moral injury is a topic that is getting considerable attention from the military chaplaincy and veteran research fields.  Multiple definitions for moral injury exist, and there are two prominent instruments for determining if a person experienced a potentially moral injurious event.  There is no symptomatology instrument for moral injury.  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.  This qualitative grounded theory project will use feminist trauma theory and create an explanatory theory of moral injury as it pertains to U.S. women veterans.  Up to 20 female ex-service members will be interviewed and salient literature will be analyzed.  This study may serve as a precursor to other projects that could further expand the field of women veteran research and develop a symptomatology instrument.

We are seeking U.S. women veterans who served in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, or Coast Guard, either on active duty, in the reserves, or National Guard

To qualify, you must be: female; between the age of 25 and 70; a retired or discharged uniformed service member with at least five years of service; of the grade of E-5 or above as an enlisted person, W-2 or above as a warrant officer, or O-3 or above as an officer at the time you left the service; not currently working for the Department of Defense as a civilian or contractor; a witness to, participant in, or the target of any activities by military personnel that created inner conflict or violated your personal moral values.

To take part in the study or request additional information, please contact: 

Dr. Daniel Roberts, 910-690-5964,

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