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Moral Injury

The concept of moral injury has emerged in combat trauma literature to describe debilitating wounds that go beyond the usual trauma of combat and trauma care. Descriptions of moral injury suggest a constellation of suboptimal moral states ranging from mildly asymptomatic (e.g., moodiness, impatience, lack of empathy), subclinical (e.g., sleep disturbance, tantrums, bullying, binge eating/drinking), or purely physical symptoms (e.g., headaches, hypertension, asthma) to severe, incapacitating physical and emotional dysfunction. While civilian work environments rarely are as morally distressing as combat or trauma care, workplace climate research identifies bullying, job overload, stress, and ethical violations as a threat to workers and long-term organizational health. This entry explores the concept of moral injury and its relevance for the contemporary workplace.

Defining Moral Injury

Moral injury is an ...

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