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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/24556

Title: The Effects of Self-presentation on an Expressive Writing Task for Trauma Survivors
Authors: Danson, Jonathan J.
Advisor: Watson, Jeanne
Department: Adult Education and Counselling Psychology
Keywords: Expressive Writing
Emotions
Writing
Self-Presentation
Impression Management
Trauma
Post Traumatic Stress
Journal
Diary
Self-Disclosure
DIsclosure
Emotional Experiencing
Expression
Emotional Expression
Therapy
Intervention
Traumatic
Perfectionism
Issue Date: 22-Jul-2010
Abstract: Expressive Writing (EW) involves writing in an emotionally expressive manner about an experienced event, and has been shown to be related to increases in psychological and physical well-being. The purpose of the current study was to extend previous work by examining how self-presentation affects psychological and physical gains following the EW task. Forty one participants who have experienced a traumatic event were recruited from the community and given either an EW or control activity. Measures assessing self-presentation and various indices of health were administered at baseline and again at one month follow-up to determine changes in symptomatology. Results indicated that higher levels of perfectionistic self-presentation were significantly associated with less improvement in symptoms of depression and posttraumatic stress. Further, a nonsignificant moderation trend emerged whereby higher levels of perfectionistic self-presentation were associated with more improvement in symptoms of depression and posttraumatic stress in the EW group but not control group.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/24556
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