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Civilians are on Fire: Nine Months of Traumatic Stress and Moral Injury in Ukrainians Under the Russian Invasion

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Join Professor Larysa Zasiekina for this fascinating in-person event as part of our 2022-23 Community Series.

Moral injury (MI) is a relatively new construct which is strongly associated with PTSD . However, understanding of how MI contributes to PTSD , depression and anxiety symptoms is lacking. Of particular concern is MI in civilians compared to military service members. This study was initiated as part of the project “Moral Injury and Healing of Combatants: Neurocognitive Correlates and Psychological Interventions” funded by the Ukrainian Ministry of Education and Science. Psychosocial support and health services are being provided to military and civilian populations by the Ukrainian Psychotrauma Center (UPC) in Lutsk, Ukraine. This has offered clinicians and researchers the opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of MI during military conflict in Ukraine and develop approaches to help mitigate PTSD and MI consequences. Therefore, this study aims to extend the understanding of MI as often co-occurring but still different from PTSD construct in military and civilian populations during war time.

This pre-Formal Hall talk will take place on the 2nd of February, 6-7 pm, in the Wood-Legh Room, Strathaird. It is free and open to all.

About the speaker: Larysa Zasiekina is Professor of Clinical Psychology at Lesya Ukrainka Volyn National University and Director of the Ukrainian Psychotrauma Center. She is a leading expert in the areas of PTSD , moral injury, continuous traumatic stress and cultural aspects of memory of trauma. Her focus is on the psychological inter-generational impact of genocide in Ukraine and Eastern Europe, including studies of survivors of the Holocaust and Holodomor (man-made famine in Soviet Union targeting ethnic Ukrainians) and their children. Larysa Zasiekina has published extensively on language of trauma in high-impact journals in her field and spearheads international partnerships with scholars of psychotrauma at universities of Canada, Israel, Switzerland, the USA and UK. As Fulbright Scholar (2010-2011), (2015-2016) she explored the collective traumas of Native Americans and African Americans in the USA . Zasiekina’s clinical perspective and experience in trauma-focused therapies are central to the current project at the University of Cambridge “Exposure to Continuous Traumatic Stress and Its Consequences among at Risk Adolescents and Young Adults in Ukraine”.

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