ERIC Number: EJ850867
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
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Expressive Electronic Journal Writing: Freedom of Communication for Survivors of Acquired Brain Injury
Fraas, Michael; Balz, Magdalen A.
Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, v37 n2 p115-124 Mar 2008
In addition to the impaired ability to effectively communicate, adults with acquired brain injury (ABI) also experience high incidences of depression, social isolation, and decreased quality of life. Expressive writing programs have been shown to be effective in alleviating these concomitant impairments in other populations including incarcerated inmates (Lane, Writing as a road to self-discovery, F & W, Cincinnati 1993). In addition, computer applications such as email have been suggested as an effective means of improving communication and social isolation in adults with brain injury (Sohlberg et al. . "Brain Injury," 17(7), 609-629). This investigation examines the effects of on-line expressive journal writing on the communication, emotional status, social integration and quality of life of individuals with brain injury.
Descriptors: Journal Writing, Social Integration, Neurological Impairments, Injuries, Quality of Life, Computers, Electronic Journals, Brain, Expressive Language, Social Isolation, Adults, Language Impairments, Institutionalized Persons, Electronic Mail, Mental Health
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