Everyday coping with moral injury: the perspectives of professionals and parents involved with child protection services.

Summary: Examines how 10 parents and 38 professionals involved in the child protection system cope with moral injury using resources available in their everyday lives. Moral injury refers to the lasting harm caused by one’s own or another’s actions in high-stakes situations that transgress deeply held moral beliefs and expectations. Findings include: coping strategies including psychological resources such as mental toughness, self-reflection and forgiveness; micro-systems through social support; macro-systems through engagement in advocacy and support from other parents; and spiritual engagement.

Authors: Wendy Haight, Erin Sugrue, Molly Calhoun and James Black
Journal: Children and Youth Services Review (Vol.82), November 2017, pp 108-121

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