Empirical foundations for writing in prevention and psychotherapy: mental and physical health outcomes.

@article{Esterling1999EmpiricalFF,
  title={Empirical foundations for writing in prevention and psychotherapy: mental and physical health outcomes.},
  author={B A Esterling and Luciano L'Abate and E J Murray and James W. Pennebaker},
  journal={Clinical psychology review},
  year={1999},
  volume={19 1},
  pages={79-96}
}
The use of writing, alone or in conjunction with traditional psychotherapy, has increased substantially in recent years. The most widespread use of writing has been for single-shot ad hoc purposes or to log behavior. The purpose of this review is to summarize a decade of research demonstrating the efficacy of writing about past traumatic experiences on mental and physical health outcomes. It is widely acknowledged in our culture that putting upsetting experiences into words can be healthy… CONTINUE READING
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