Psychological growth in aging Vietnam veterans: redefining shame and betrayal

McCormack, Lynne and Joseph, Stephen (2014) Psychological growth in aging Vietnam veterans: redefining shame and betrayal. Journal of Humanistic Psychology, 54 (3). pp. 336-355. ISSN 1552-650X

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This study offers alternative interpretations of war-related distress embedded within the social and political context of the Vietnam War. Subjective interpretations from aging Vietnam veterans were analyzed using interpretative phenomenological analysis. A central theme—Moral authenticity: Overcoming the betrayal and shame of war—overarched five subordinate themes. Four subordinate themes encapsulated layers of war-related betrayal associated with shame. Shame was likely to be described as either (a) internal/sense of personal failure, with no acts of rage; or (b) external/reckless or threatening acts of others, engendering rage. A fifth theme, reparation with self, reflected humility, gratitude, and empathy, currently undefined domains of the growth construct.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA), shame, war- related betrayal, humility, empathy, gratitude, posttraumatic growth, self-acceptance
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Education
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Depositing User: Collier, Elanor
Date Deposited: 08 Mar 2016 09:42
Last Modified: 04 May 2020 16:48

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