Daño moral en veteranos de las Fuerzas Armadas del Reino Unido: un estudio cualitativo

Translated title of the contribution: Moral injury in UK armed forces veterans: a qualitative study

Victoria Williamson*, Neil Greenberg, Dominic Murphy

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Background: Moral injury has been found to adversely affect US veteran mental health, and the mental health difficulties resulting from moral injury can be particularly challenging to treat. Yet little is known about the impact of moral injury on the well-being of UK armed forces (AF) veterans and how moral injury is currently addressed in treatment. Objective: The aim of this study was to examine UK AF veterans’ experiences of moral injury, and the perceptions and challenges faced by clinicians in treating moral injury-related mental health difficulties. Method: Six veterans who reported moral injury exposure and four clinicians who had treated veterans with moral injury were recruited from Combat Stress. Semi-structured qualitative interviews were conducted and data were analysed using thematic analysis. Results: Moral injury was perceived by clinicians to be common in UK AF veterans and, where present, had a considerable negative impact on mental health. Clinicians reported a lack of a manualized approach for treating cases of moral injury and, instead, used a combination of several non-post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)-specific therapies. Providing treatment for morally injured veterans could be challenging given the limited number of sessions that clinicians were able to provide. Moreover, moral injury was thought to be poorly understood among UK AF veteran clinical care teams. Conclusion: This study provides some of the first insight into the impact of moral injury on UK AF veteran well-being as well as clinician views of delivering psychological care following moral injury. These findings highlight that moral injury is experienced by UK AF veterans, and further examination of the prevalence of moral injury and whether current treatment approaches are appropriate and efficacious is needed.

Translated title of the contributionMoral injury in UK armed forces veterans: a qualitative study
Original languageSpanish
Article number1562842
JournalEuropean journal of psychotraumatology
Issue number1
Early online date14 Jan 2019
Publication statusPublished - 14 Jan 2019


  • clinician
  • mental health treatment
  • military
  • Moral injury
  • veteran


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