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Effects of expressive writing on physical and psychological symptoms in women undergoing surgery for gynaecological cancer

Saunders, H; (2008) Effects of expressive writing on physical and psychological symptoms in women undergoing surgery for gynaecological cancer. Doctoral thesis , UCL (University College London). Green open access

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Abstract

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.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Title: Effects of expressive writing on physical and psychological symptoms in women undergoing surgery for gynaecological cancer
Identifier: PQ ETD:593236
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: Thesis digitised by ProQuest. Third party copyright material has been removed from the ethesis. Images identifying individuals have been redacted or partially redacted to protect their identity.
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1445912
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