Cognitive-behavioural emotion writing tasks: A controlled trial of multiple processes

Adam J. Guastella*, Mark R. Dadds

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Abstract

We report on a controlled trial of three structured writing paradigms that engage the writer with cognitive-behavioural emotion-processes: exposure, devaluation, and benefit-finding. University students (N = 198) wrote once a week for three weeks about their most upsetting experience. The long-term effects of these structured writing procedures were compared to an unstructured emotion writing condition and control. Outcomes indicated that exposure writing sped the reduction of intrusive and avoidant symptoms, while benefit-finding writing increased reports of positive growth. Results suggest the use of these paradigms to study emotion-processing mechanisms and, potentially, in practice to enhance coping in process-specific ways.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)558-566
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry
Volume39
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2008
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Cognitive-behavioural
  • Emotion-processing
  • Exposure
  • Positive-growth
  • Writing

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