Although the use of journaling and therapeutic writing has been around for ages, it has only recently been the subject of deeper scrutiny that has led to a body of conclusive evidence proving its validity. Below are just a few published articles and research findings that show the benefits of therapeutic writing.
- Therapeutic writing and chronic pain: experiences of therapeutic writing in a cognitive behavioural programme for people with chronic pain. (2012) B. Furnes & E. Dysvik.
- Can the use of writing lower rumination of negative thoughts in depressed adults? (2011) Pauline Cooper.
- The Feasibility and Effectiveness of Expressive Writing for Rural and Urban Breast Cancer Survivors. (2010) E. Henry, MA & R. Schlegel, PhD.
- Benefits of a Poetry Writing Intervention for Family Caregivers of Elders with Dementia. (2010) Lori I. Kidd, PhD, RN, CNS.
- Randomised trial of expressive writing for distressed metastatic breast cancer patients. (2010) C. Moshera, K. DuHame, et al.
- Expressive Writing and Eating Disorder Features: A Preliminary Trial in a Student Sample of the Impact of Three Writing Tasks on Eating Disorder Symptoms and Associated Cognitive, Affective and Interpersonal Factors. (2010) P. East, H. Startup, et al.
- How benefits of expressive writing vary as a function of writing instructions, ethnicity and ambivalence over emotional expression. (2009) Q. Lua & A. Stanton.
- Care for the caregiver: benefits of expressive writing for nurses in the United States. (2009) J. Sexton, J Pennebaker, et al.
- Emotional and physical health benefits of expressive writing. (2005) K. Baikie & K. Wilhelm.