Moral Injury Lived Experience: War Correspondent Dean Yates Haunted By Colleagues Deaths

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Curated Resources: Credit - Some of these Resources Link Directly to the Excellent Shay Moral Injury Centre Library Resources, Others To External Research and Publications. Self Care is listed at bottom of page.

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Brock, Rita Nakashima and Lettini, Gabriella (2012). Soul Repair: Recovering from Moral Injury After War. Boston: Beacon Press.

Boulanger, Ghislaine (2007). Wounded by Reality: Understanding and Treating Adult-Onset Trauma. Mahwah, NJ: Analytic Press.

Courtois, Christine and Ford, Julian D. (2013). Treatment of Complex Trauma: A Sequenced, Relationship-Based Approach. New York: Guilford.

Doerries, Bryan (2015). All That You’ve Seen Here is God: New Versions of Four Greek Tragedies - Sophocles' Ajax, Philoctetes, Women of Trachis; Aeschylus' Prometheus Bound. New York: Random House.

Doerries, Bryan (2015). The Theater of War: What Ancient Greek Tragedies Can Teach Us Today. New York: Knopf.

Epstein, Mark (2013). The Trauma of Everyday Life. New York: Penguin.

Frankl, Viktor E. (1959/2006). Man’s Search for Meaning. Boston: Beacon Press.

Herman, Judith (1997). Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence – From Domestic Abuse to Political Terror. New York: Basic Books.

Janoff-Bulman, Ronnie (1992). Shattered Assumptions: Towards a New Psychology of Trauma. New York: Free Press.

Kelle, Brad (2020). The Bible and Moral Injury: Reading Scripture Alongside War’s Unseen Wounds. Nashville: Abingdon Press.

Koch, Tom (2017). Ethics in Everyday Places: Mapping Moral Stress, Distress, and Injury. Redlands: MIT Press.

Litz, Brett T.; Lebowitz, Leslie; Gray, Matt J.; and Nash, William P. (2015). Adaptive Disclosure: A New Treatment for Military Trauma, Loss, and Moral Injury. New York: Guilford.

Lynd, Alice and Lynd, Staughton (2017). Moral Injury and Nonviolent Resistance: Breaking the Cycle of Violence in the Military and Behind Bars. Oakland: PM Press.

Meagher, Robert E.; Pryer, Douglas A.; Nash, William P.; and Acampora, Christa Davis (Eds.) (2018). War and Moral Injury: A Reader. Eugene: Cascade Books.

Miller, Ronald B. (2004). Facing Human Suffering: Psychology and Psychotherapy as Moral Engagement. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Moon, Zachary (2019). Warriors Between Worlds: Moral Injury and Identities in Crisis. Lanham: Lexington Books.

Papadopoulos, Renos K. (2020). Moral Injury and Beyond: Understanding Human Anguish and Healing Traumatic Wounds. Abingdon: Routledge.

Schauer, M.; Neuner, F.; and Elbert, T. (2011). Narrative Exposure Therapy: A Short-Term Treatment for Traumatic Stress Disorders. Cambridge, MA: Hogrefe.

Shay, Jonathan (1995). Achilles in Vietnam: Combat Trauma and The Undoing of Character. New York: Simon and Schuster.

Shay, Jonathan (2002). Odysseus in America: Combat Trauma and The Trials of Homecoming. New York: Scribner.

Sherman, Nancy (2015). Afterwar: Healing the Moral Wounds of Our Soldiers. New York: Oxford University Press

Stolorow, Robert (2007). Trauma and Human Existence: Autobiographical, Psychoanalytic, and Philosophical Reflections. New York: Routledge.

Wiinikka-Lydon, Joseph (2020). Moral Injury and the Promise of Virtue. Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan.

Van Der Kolk, Bessel (2014). The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma. NY: Viking.

Volunteers of America (2018). The Momentum of Hope: Personal Stories of Moral Injury.

Journal Articles

Atuel, Hazel R.; Chestnut, Ryan; Richardson, Cameron; Perkins, Daniel F.; and Castro, Carl A. (2020). Exploring Moral Injury: Theory, Measurement, and ApplicationsMilitary Behavioral Health, 8(3), 248-255. DOI: 10.1080/21635781.2020.1753604.

Jones, Edgar (2020). Moral Injury in a Context of TraumaThe British Journal of Psychiatry, 216, 127-128. DOI: 10.1192/bjp.2020.46.

Cullen, John G. (2020). Moral Recovery and Ethical LeadershipJournal of Business Ethics, Oct 2020,1-13. DOI:10.1007/s10551-020-04658-3.

Griffin Brandon J.; Purcell, Natalie; Burkman, Kristine; Litz, Brett .; Bryan, Craig J.; Schmitz, Martha; Villierme, Claudia; Walsh, Jessica; Maguen, Shira (2019). Moral Injury: An Integrative ReviewJournal of Traumatic Stress, 32(3), 350-362. DOI: 10.1002/jts.22362.

Molendijk, Tine (2018). Toward an interdisciplinary conceptualization of moral injury: From unequivocal guilt and anger to moral conflict and disorientation. New Ideas in Psychology, 51, 1-8. DOI: 10.1016/j.newideapsych.2018.04.006.

Caplan, Paula J. (2018). Moral Anguish is not a Mental IllnessVolunteers of America.

Farnsworth, Jacob K.; Drescher, Kent D. ; Evans, Wyatt; and Walser, Robyn D. (2017). A Functional Approach to Understanding and Treating Military-Related Moral InjuryJournal of Contextual Behavioral Science. DOI: 10.1016/j.jcbs.2017.07.003.

Nieuwsma, Jason A.; Walser, Robyn D.; Farnsworth, Jacob K.; Drescher, Kent D.; Meador, Keith G.; and Nash, William P. (2015). Possibilities within Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Approaching Moral InjuryCurrent Psychiatry Reviews, 11, 193-206.

Harris, Jeanette; Park, Crystal; Currier, Joseph; Usset, Timothy; and Voecks, Cory (2015). Moral Injury and Psycho-Spiritual Development: Considering the Developmental Context. Spirituality in Clinical Practice, 2(4), 256-266. DOI: 10.1037/scp0000045.

Shay, Jonathan (2014). Moral InjuryPsychoanalytic Psychology, 31(2), 182-191. DOI: 10.1037/a0036090.

Drescher, Kent D.; Nieuwsma, Jason A.; and Swales, Pamela J. (2013). Morality and Moral Injury: Insights from Theology and Health Science.

Kinghorn, Warren (2012). Combat Trauma and Moral Fragmentation: A Theological Account of Moral Injury. Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics, 32(2), 57-74. DOI: 10.1353/sce.2012.0041.

Robjant, Katy and Fazel, Mina (2010). The Emerging Evidence for Narrative Exposure Therapy: A ReviewClinical Psychology Review, 30, 1030-1039.

Boulanger, Ghislaine (2008). Witness to Reality: Working Psychodynamically With Survivors of TerrorPsychoanalytic Dialogues, 18, 638-657.DOI: 10.1080/10481880802297673.

Price, June T.; Steuwig, Jeff; and Mashek, Debra (2007). Moral Emotions and Moral BehaviorAnnual Review of Psychology, 58, 345-272.DOI: 10.1146/annurev.psych.56.091103.070145.

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