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Psychological growth in aging Vietnam veterans: redefining shame and betrayal

McCormack, Lynne; Joseph, Stephen

Authors

Lynne McCormack



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.

Citation

McCormack, L., & Joseph, S. (2014). Psychological growth in aging Vietnam veterans: redefining shame and betrayal. Journal of Humanistic Psychology, 54(3), https://doi.org/10.1177/0022167813501393

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date May 22, 2014
Online Publication Date Aug 29, 2013
Publication Date Jul 1, 2014
Deposit Date Mar 8, 2016
Publicly Available Date Mar 8, 2016
Journal Journal of Humanistic Psychology
Print ISSN 0022-1678
Electronic ISSN 1552-650X
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 54
Issue 3
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/0022167813501393
Keywords Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA), shame, war-
related betrayal, humility, empathy, gratitude, posttraumatic growth, self-acceptance
Public URL http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/32020
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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