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Expressive writing and posttraumatic growth: an Internet-based study

Stockton, Hannah; Joseph, Stephen; Hunt, Nigel

Authors

Hannah Stockton

NIGEL HUNT NIGEL.HUNT@NOTTINGHAM.AC.UK
Associate Professor



Abstract

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.

Citation

Stockton, H., Joseph, S., & Hunt, N. (2014). Expressive writing and posttraumatic growth: an Internet-based study. Traumatology, 20(2), https://doi.org/10.1037/h0099377

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 1, 2014
Publication Date Jun 1, 2014
Deposit Date Mar 8, 2016
Publicly Available Date Mar 8, 2016
Journal Traumatology
Print ISSN 1534-7656
Electronic ISSN 1085-9373
Publisher American Psychological Association
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 20
Issue 2
DOI https://doi.org/10.1037/h0099377
Keywords Posttraumatic Growth, Expressive Writing, Disclosure Writing, Internet-Based Research, LIWC
Public URL http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/32023
Publisher URL http://psycnet.apa.org/index.cfm?fa=search.displayrecord&uid=2014-13634-001
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf
Additional Information This article may not exactly replicate the final version published in the APA journal. It is not the copy of record.

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