Effects of directed written disclosure on grief and distress symptoms among bereaved individuals Journal Article


Authors: Lichtenthal, W. G.; Cruess, D. G.
Article Title: Effects of directed written disclosure on grief and distress symptoms among bereaved individuals
Abstract: Bereavement-specific written disclosure trials have generally demonstrated null effects, but these studies have not directed the focus of writing. This randomized controlled trial compared directed writing that focused on either sense-making or benefit-finding, both associated with adjustment to loss, to traditional, non-directed emotional disclosure and a control condition. Bereaved undergraduates (n = 68) completed three 20-min writing sessions over 1 week. Intervention effects were found on prolonged grief disorder, depressive, and posttraumatic stress symptoms 3 months postintervention, and the benefit-finding condition appeared particularly efficacious. Physical health improved over time in all treatment groups. Findings suggested that directing written disclosure on topics associated with adjustment to bereavement may be useful for grieving individuals. © Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.
Journal Title: Death Studies
Volume: 34
Issue: 6
ISSN: 0748-1187
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group  
Date Published: 2010-07-01
Start Page: 475
End Page: 499
Language: English
DOI: 10.1080/07481187.2010.483332
PROVIDER: scopus
PMCID: PMC3909885
PUBMED: 24482856
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Notes: --- - "Cited By (since 1996): 2" - "Export Date: 20 April 2011" - "CODEN: DESTE" - "Source: Scopus"
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