The Effects of Emotional Disclosure on Health
This study involved contacting fibromyalgia patients and asking them to participate in an emotional disclosure study. After initial contact, participants were assigned to write about a positive, negative, or neutral life event. It was hypothesized that writing about either a positive or negative event would result in improved physical and mental functioning, while writing about a neutral event should not change functioning either positively or negatively. The results provide a hint that emotional writing does indeed carry a benefit, although this benefit is limited to mental functioning.
Research Enhancement Program Final Report
Emotional disclosure, Health, Fibromyalgia, Mental functioning
Nagurney, A. (2007). The effects of emotional disclosure on health. Research Enhancement Program, Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas.