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Pennebaker et al., 1988: Describing traumatic experiences improved immune function and reduced doctor visits among undergraduates over 6 weeks

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Pennebaker, J. W., Kiecolt-Glaser, J. K., & Glaser, R. (1988). Disclosure of traumas and immune function: Health implications for psychotherapy. Journal of consulting and clinical psychology, 56(2), 239.
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Asking undergraduates to describe their “deepest thoughts and feelings” about “the most traumatic and upsetting experiences of your entire life” for 20 minutes/day on four consecutive days improved measures of immune system function and reduced doctor visits and subject distress over six weeks, as compared to writing about trivial topics. There was no effect on self-reported physical symptoms.

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Walton & Wilson, 2018