Moral Injury Research

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Moral injury is a topic that is gaining attention from the military chaplaincy and veteran research fields. Our research included sample populations of woman soldiers and focuses on their personal account as well as their family’s


“Exploring Military Moral Injury Among Service Members’ Partners” is one of our most important studies. The goal of the project is to explore the phenomenon of secondary moral injury. This includes injury among partners of military service members with a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Furthermore, this study will lay the groundwork for future projects aimed at addressing moral injury within military families.

Dr. Roberts has written several case studies for SAGE Publications (see Published Materials on the Publications page). What he found was that:

  • Women make up about 15% of the U.S. armed forces, but they suffer more than men from gender harassment, sexual assault, PTSD, and other traumas than men.
  • Most denominations and seminaries provide little in the way of training specifically oriented to the needs of female service members.
  • Women experience the military differently than men and this calls for a special ministerial approach.

MISNS will conduct or write case studies on specific topics for use in classrooms or continuing education programs. Price: $3,000/case with unlimited use for the purchasing organization. (Case studies that require extensive research may cost more.)

We are looking for research partners, organizations that provide support to military personnel, veterans, and their families. We believe these organizations, who have invested time, money and energy into the veteran community, are in the best position to help us design, recruit, and conduct the research study. If you belong to one of those organizations, go to our partner page for more information: Partner Page.

To make a tax deductible donation to this important research, go to:

Your support is greatly appreciated

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