Objectives. To identify differential health benefits of written emotional disclosure (ED).
Methods. Pain-coping style and demographic characteristics were examined as potential moderators of ED treatment efficacy in a randomized controlled trial with female fibromyalgia patients.
Results. Of three pain-coping styles, only patients classified as interpersonally distressed (ID) experienced significant treatment effects on psychological well-being, pain, and fatigue. Treatment effects on psychological well-being were also significantly greater for patients with a high level of education.
Conclusions. Patients with an ID-coping style and/or high education appear to benefit most from ED.