Moral injury

What are trauma characteristics?

For a person to be diagnosed with PTSD, at least one stressor is required. Stressors as determined by the latest version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) include being exposed to threatened death, actual or threatened serious injury, or actual or threatened sexual violence. Examples are direct exposure, witnessing the trauma, or learning that a relative or close friend was exposed to trauma.

This summary table presents the evidence for PTSD following moral injury. Moral injury involves transgressions to moral beliefs and expectations that are associated with strong emotions related to the event, including guilt, anger, and disgust.

What is the evidence for the risk of PTSD in people exposed to moral injury?

Moderate to high quality evidence found a medium-sized association between increased workplace moral injury and increased PTSD symptoms in soldiers, veterans, police, and journalists.

August 2021

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Last updated at: 2:40 am, 31st July 2021
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