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A test of written emotional disclosure as an intervention for posttraumatic stress disorder.
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PMID:  21367400     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This study examined the efficacy of the written emotional disclosure (WED) procedure with a sample of young adults who met diagnostic criteria for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Participants were randomly assigned to either WED or a control writing condition and were assessed at baseline and one month following the writing sessions. During each writing session, participants' heart rate was recorded; participants also provided self-report ratings of emotional responding. Findings indicated no significant group differences for PTSD and depression symptom severity at follow-up assessment. Relative to control participants, WED participants displayed significantly greater heart rate activity and reported greater emotional responding during the first writing session; however, no reduction in emotional responding occurred for either condition from the first to the last writing session. Taken together, these findings indicate that WED may not be an efficacious intervention for PTSD. Suggestions are made for future work in this area.
Denise M Sloan; Brian P Marx; Eva M Greenberg
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Randomized Controlled Trial     Date:  2011-03-01
Journal Detail:
Title:  Behaviour research and therapy     Volume:  49     ISSN:  1873-622X     ISO Abbreviation:  Behav Res Ther     Publication Date:  2011 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-03-22     Completed Date:  2011-08-08     Revised Date:  2014-02-03    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0372477     Medline TA:  Behav Res Ther     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  299-304     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
Published by Elsevier Ltd.
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MeSH Terms
Analysis of Variance
Heart Rate
Implosive Therapy / methods*
Psychiatric Status Rating Scales
Self Disclosure*
Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic / diagnosis,  psychology,  therapy*
Treatment Outcome
Young Adult
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