Who needs Creative Writing Therapy?
What is Creative Writing Therapy and how do you do it?
Does it work?
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.