Expressive writing in context: The effects of a confessional setting and delivery of instructions on participant experience and language in writing
Article first published online: 24 DEC 2010
2008 The British Psychological Society
British Journal of Health Psychology
Volume 13, Issue 1, pages 27–30, February 2008
How to Cite
Corter, A. L. and Petrie, K. J. (2008), Expressive writing in context: The effects of a confessional setting and delivery of instructions on participant experience and language in writing. British Journal of Health Psychology, 13: 27–30. doi: 10.1348/135910707X250929
- Issue published online: 24 DEC 2010
- Article first published online: 24 DEC 2010
- Received 16 July 2007; revised version received 1 October 2007
Objectives. Manipulations of the setting and instructions were tested for effects on language use and reported health following expressive writing (EW).
Methods. Participants (N = 76) wrote in one of three conditions that differed by setting and the delivery of writing instructions.
Results. The results showed that altering the context for EW influences participants' language use and their perceptions of the experience. There was no effect of conditions on self-reported health.
Conclusions. Future research should attend to the ways in which manipulations of EW context affect proposed mediators such as language, as well as outcomes of EW.