Deployment Psychology Blog

Staff Perspective: No Consensus on Definition, Measure, or Treatment of Moral Injury

Dave Reynolds, Ph.D.

The June 2019 issue of the Journal of Traumatic Stress (JTS) was devoted to Moral Injury (MI). As a clinical psychologist working at a military training hospital where nearly all patients are Warfighters, I was curious about current recommendations regarding the accepted definition of MI, what measure to use, and how to treat it. 

CDP News: 30 August 2019

Welcome to this week’s edition of CDP News! We like to use this space to review recent happenings in and around the Center for Deployment Psychology, while also looking ahead to upcoming events. It's almost Labor Day weekend and the summer is winding down. Summer may be ending, but CDP's training efforts aren't slowing down any!

Research Update: 29 August 2019

The weekly Research Update contains the latest news, journal articles, useful links from around the web. Some of this week's topics include:

● Experimental Therapeutics for Digital Mental Health (Viewpoint)
● Update of Recent Literature on Remotely Delivered Psychotherapy Interventions for Anxiety and Depression.
● Quantifying the Association Between Psychotherapy Content and Clinical Outcomes Using Deep Learning.
● Examining Military Population and Trauma Type as Moderators of Treatment Outcome for First-Line Psychotherapies for PTSD: A Meta-Analysis.

Staff Perspective: PTSD Incidence in the U.S. Military

A quick search of the PTSD literature will show you widespread rates of PTSD in the U.S. military. In some studies, the rate is as low as 1.4% (Bliese, Wright, Adler, Thomas, & Hoge, 2007), and in others it is as high as 41.3% (Maguen, Lau, Madden, & Seal, 2012). There are a number of reasons for these highly discrepant rates, many of which are methodological differences. 

By the Numbers: 26 August 2019

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The percentage of "Tricare-insured children" who "had at least one special health care need," according to a recent story on the Military Times website -- Military children have more health care needs, but less access and lower quality, study finds. The story reports on an article published in the August issue of the journal Health Affairs -- Families With TRICARE Report Lower Health Care Quality And Access Compared To Other Insured And Uninsured Families.