Moral Injury Research: Exploring Moral Conflict in Military SpousesMoral Injury Research

Seeking Participants for Research Project

Are you the spouse, ex-spouse, partner, or ex-partner of a U.S. military service member or veteran? Has that service member been diagnosed with PTSD as a result of his or her service? If so, you might qualify for our research project.

Project Aim

The overall aim of the project is to explore the phenomenon of secondary moral conflict among spouses, ex-spouses, partners, or ex-partners of military service members 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 conflict in military family members.

Project Purpose

The purpose of this qualitative, phenomenological study is to explore and describe how partners of service members with PTSD experience, perceive, and describe moral conflict and its effects on partner relationships in the U.S. Secondarily, this project will discover what supporting resources partners need as a result of their moral injurious experiences.

Study Population

Study participants will include spouses, domestic partners, ex-spouses, and ex-domestic partners of U.S. service members who have military-related PTSD, might have PTSD, or should have been diagnosed with PTSD but weren’t. Participants will be located in the U.S. Researchers expect to include 120 participants.

Inclusion Criteria

To be included in the study, a volunteer must be a spouse, ex-spouse, domestic partner, or ex-domestic partner of a U.S. service member (veteran or uniformed member of the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard, either on active duty, in the reserves or National Guard) that has been diagnosed with PTSD, might have been diagnosed with PTSD or should have been diagnosed with PTSD.

Exclusion Criteria

This study will exclude men and women who are currently serving in the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard, on active duty, in the reserves or National Guard. Civilians employed by the Department of Defense (DoD) in any capacity will also be excluded.

If you are interested in participating or learning more about the study, contact Dr. Daniel Roberts at 910-690-5964 or Even if you are not sure you qualify, reach out to Dr. Roberts.

Your support is greatly appreciated

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