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Pennebaker et al., 1990: Writing about deepest thoughts and emotions about college reduced doctor visits and increased homesickness and worry about college among first-year students over four months

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Pennebaker, J. W., Colder, M., & Sharp, L. K. (1990). Accelerating the coping process. Journal of personality and social psychology, 58(3), 528.
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Asking first-year college students to write about their “deepest emotions and thoughts” about coming to college for 20-minutes/day on 3 days in the first semester reduced doctor visits over the next 4 months relative to students who wrote about trivial topics. However, the treatment increased self-reported homesickness and worry about college. There was a trend for a benefit on grade-point-average, and no effect on positive mood, or health behaviors.

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Walton & Wilson, 2018