Expressive writing in context: the effects of a confessional setting and delivery of instructions on participant experience and language in writing.

Br J Health Psychol. 2008 Feb;13(Pt 1):27-30. doi: 10.1348/135910707X250929.

Corter AL1, Petrie KJ.

Manipulations of the setting and instructions were tested for effects on language use and reported health following expressive writing (EW).

METHODS:

Participants (N=76) wrote in one of three conditions that differed by setting and the delivery of writing instructions.

RESULTS:

The results showed that altering the context for EW influences participants’ language use and their perceptions of the experience. There was no effect of conditions on self-reported health.

CONCLUSIONS:

Future research should attend to the ways in which manipulations of EW context affect proposed mediators such as language, as well as outcomes of EW.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18230226

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