ERIC Number: EJ858338
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
Does Writing about Past Childhood Abuse Reduce Psychological and Physical Symptoms?
Antal, Holly M.; Range, Lillian M.
Journal of College Student Psychotherapy, v23 n4 p239-252 2009
To see if writing about former abuse reduced depression, somatic, and sleep complaints, 664 undergraduates were screened for past physical or sexual abuse. Of those abused, 88 consenting students were randomly assigned to no-writing control or writing (20 minutes on 4 different days) about abuse or trivial topics. All completed pre-, post-, and 4-week follow-up testing. At follow-up, all reported significantly less depression and fewer somatic and sleep complaints; groups were not significantly different. For students reporting past physical or sexual abuse, interacting with professionals, earning class credit, and receiving thanks may be enough to reduce depression, somatic complaints, and sleep disturbances. (Contains 3 tables.)
Descriptors: Sexual Abuse, Sleep, Depression (Psychology), Child Abuse, Mental Health, Symptoms (Individual Disorders), Undergraduate Students, Pretests Posttests, Control Groups, Emotional Disturbances, Writing (Composition)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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