Expressive writing for trauma: initial results

Expressive writing for trauma: initial results

The DCIHR research team recently completed a study on expressive writing for trauma. This study examined the impact of a 6-week expressive writing course led by John Evans, EdD, on measures of resilience, perceived stress, rumination, and depression in a population of 39 individuals who self-identified as having experienced a traumatic event within the past year. Initial data analysis suggests that the writing intervention had a positive, clinically significant effect on all outcome measures; further data analysis is ongoing.  The expressive writing intervention used in the study is available to the public through Duke Integrative Medicine’s recurring program offering, Transform Your Health: Write to Heal, and registration for the fall 2017 session begins in August.