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Chaplaincy, Spiritual Care and Moral Injury: Considerations Regarding Screening and Treatment

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posted on 27.04.2022, 07:14 by Lindsay CareyLindsay Carey, Timothty J. Hodgson

Moral injury is a complex trauma related syndrome involving a correlation of biological, psychological, social, and spiritual symptoms that can have substantial impact upon health and well-being. This paper argues for a holistic bio-psycho-social-spiritual approach to moral injury, by including chaplaincy in the screening and treatment of moral injury among actively serving military members and retired veterans. As part of the moral injury treatment process, and in alignment with the World Health Organization's Spiritual Intervention Codings, a new technique is proposed, “Pastoral Narrative Disclosure” (PND), as a guide for chaplains and others trained in spiritual care to assist those suffering from moral injury.

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Publication Date

01/01/2018

Journal

Frontiers in Psychiatry

Volume

9

Article Number

619

Pagination

10p.

Publisher

Frontiers Research Foundation

ISSN

1664-0640

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Copyright © 2018 Carey and Hodgson. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

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