Does Writing About Suicidal Thoughts and Feelings Reduce Them?
To assess whether writing with cognitive change or exposure instructions reduces depression or suicidality, 121 undergraduates screened for suicidality wrote for 20 minutes on 4 days over 2 weeks. They were randomly assigned to reinterpret or to write and rewrite traumatic events/emotions, or to write about innocuous topics. The three groups (N = 98) who completed pre-, post-, and 6-week follow-up were not different on suicidality or depression. All subjects reported fewer automatic negative thoughts over the 2 weeks; they also reported higher self-regard but more health center visits at follow-up. Suicidal thoughts may be more resistant than physical health to writing interventions.
Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior
Kovac, S. H.,
Range, L. M.
(2002). Does Writing About Suicidal Thoughts and Feelings Reduce Them?. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, 32(4), 428-440.
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