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Title: Effects of expressive writing on physical and psychological symptoms in women undergoing surgery for gynaecological cancer
Author: Saunders, H.
Awarding Body: UCL (University College London)
Current Institution: University College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2008
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Expressive writing (Pennebaker & Beall, 1986) has been found to produce physical and psychological health benefits (Smyth, 1998). Research has traditionally focussed on non-clinical populations, although there is a body of research investigating its impact on people with medical conditions. This review aims to evaluate the evidence for the health benefits of expressive writing in medical populations. The 21 studies reviewed provide some empirical support for its benefits, particularly on physical health outcomes such as pain, sleep, health care utilisation and objective measures of disease activity. Methodological issues, directions for future research and clinical implications are discussed.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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