Guilt, Shame, And Suicide Risk In A Military Clinical Population
Chad E. Morrow, PsyD, ABPP Maxwell Air Force Base
Craig J. Bryan, PsyD, ABPP, National Center for Veterans Studies
Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama
Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada
In this anonymous survey study, we are seeking to understand how guilt, shame, and moral injury are related to mental health problems, especially suicidal thoughts and behaviors, among active duty military personnel who are receiving outpatient mental health treatment. To date, we have found that guilt and shame are associated with suicide attempts and suicidal ideation, and have identified several dimensions of moral injury, which entails emotional distress associated with the witnessing or commission of acts that violate one's sense of right and wrong.