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Psychological growth in aging Vietnam veterans: redefining shame and betrayal

McCormack, Lynne; Joseph, Stephen

Authors

Lynne McCormack

Stephen Joseph stephen.joseph@nottingham.ac.uk



Abstract

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.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jul 1, 2014
Journal Journal of Humanistic Psychology
Print ISSN 0022-1678
Electronic ISSN 1552-650X
Publisher SAGE Publications (UK and US)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 54
Issue 3
APA6 Citation McCormack, L., & Joseph, S. (2014). Psychological growth in aging Vietnam veterans: redefining shame and betrayal. Journal of Humanistic Psychology, 54(3), doi:10.1177/0022167813501393
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/0022167813501393
Keywords Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA), shame, war-
related betrayal, humility, empathy, gratitude, posttraumatic growth, self-acceptance
Publisher URL http://jhp.sagepub.com/content/54/3/336
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf

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