Oxana Palesh

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  • The effects of expressive writing on pain, depression and posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms in survivors of intimate partner violence JOURNAL OF HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY Koopman, C., Ismailji, T., Holmes, D., Classen, C. C., Palesh, O., Wales, T. 2005; 10 (2): 211-221


    This study examined the effects of expressive writing on depression, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and pain symptoms among women who have survived intimate partner violence (IPV). Forty-seven women completed baseline and four-month follow-up assessments and were randomly assigned to four writing sessions of either expressive writing focused on traumatic life events or writing about a neutral topic. Main effects were not significant for changes in depression, pain or PTSD symptoms. However, among depressed women, those assigned to expressive writing showed a significantly greater drop in depression. For depressed women with IPV histories, expressive writing may lead to reduced depression.

    View details for DOI 10.1177/1359105305049769

    View details for Web of Science ID 000227154800004

    View details for PubMedID 15723891

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