Expressive writing and posttraumatic growth: an Internet-based study

Stockton, Hannah and Joseph, Stephen and Hunt, Nigel (2014) Expressive writing and posttraumatic growth: an Internet-based study. Traumatology, 20 (2). pp. 75-83. ISSN 1085-9373

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This study examined the effects of Internet-based expressive writing on posttraumatic growth. Expressive (n = 14) and control writing (n = 10) participants wrote for 15 min on 3 occasions spaced 3 days apart. Measures of intrusive and avoidant thoughts and posttraumatic growth were administered at baseline and 2- and 8-week postintervention follow-ups. Results showed that posttraumatic growth significantly increased from baseline to 8-week follow-up in the expressive writing group, while there was no significant change in levels of posttraumatic growth in the control group. Intrusive and avoidant cognitions did not differ between writing groups. Analyses of language use showed that greater use of insight words was associated with an increase in posttraumatic growth. Findings are consistent with cognitive processing models of expressive writing and have implications for Internet-administered expressive writing.

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Keywords: Posttraumatic Growth, Expressive Writing, Disclosure Writing, Internet-Based Research, LIWC
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Sociology and Social Policy
University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Social Sciences > Institute of Work, Health and Organization
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Depositing User: Collier, Elanor
Date Deposited: 08 Mar 2016 10:38
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2017 06:09

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