Expressive writing. A tool to help health workers. Research project on the benefits of expressive writing.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29189701

Tonarelli A1, Cosentino C, Artioli D, Borciani S, Camurri E, Colombo B, D’Errico A, Lelli L, Lodini L, Artioli G.

Acta Biomed. 2017 Nov 30;88(5-S):13-21. doi: 10.23750/abm.v88i5-S.6877.

 

This research seeks to ascertain whether and how expressive writing has an impact on work satisfaction, coping strategies, and relational communication satisfaction of health practitioners.

METHODS:

a comparison was made between the expressive writing and neutral writing of two randomized groups of health care professionals. A group of 66 healthcare professionals participated in this study. They were evaluated pre- and post-intervention using several scales and an ad hoc questionnaire, with one-month follow-up.

RESULTS:

After analyzing the texts, as in Pennebaker’s studies, there was a reduction of words with negative emotion in the course of writing sessions.

DISCUSSION:

Expressive writing has a positive impact on adaptive coping strategies and work relational communication satisfaction. It also can facilitate the clarification and solution of various problems, increase cognitive abilities, and promote social interactions.

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