Who does expressive writing work for? Examination of alexithymia, splitting, and repressive coping style as moderators of the expressive writing paradigm.

Br J Health Psychol. 2008 Feb;13(Pt 1):61-6. doi: 10.1348/135910707X250893.

Baikie KA1.

This paper examines the moderating influence of alexithymia, splitting, and repressive coping style in the expressive writing paradigm.

METHOD:

Eighty-eight university students randomized to four weekly 20-minute expressive or neutral writing sessions, with 1-month follow-up.

RESULTS:

Expressive writing was more beneficial for individuals scoring higher on alexithymia and splitting, but not repressive coping.

CONCLUSIONS:

Future research should include personality measures in explorations of expressive writing to further understand the boundary conditions of the expressive writing paradigm.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18230234

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