Psychological science examining the theory and clinical utility of writing about emotional experiences

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Abstract

Pennebaker's (this issue) intervention for writing about emotional experiences shows promise as a module for inclusion in therapeutic packages. There are conceptual, methodological, and practical issues to be considered, however. These issues are discussed, and parallels are drawn from the literatures on the mood-regulatory function of dreams and on the effects of social support on health. Although there is evidence that writing about emotional experiences has beneficial effects on health, it is premature to recommend writing intervention as a treatment component for specific problems. What is needed at this point is systematic research to evaluate its clinical utility.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)167-169
Number of pages3
JournalPsychological science : a journal of the American Psychological Society / APS
Volume8
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1997

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