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Harvey-Knowles et al., 2017: Writing about feelings and thoughts of cancer experiences reduced self-reported depression among spousal caregivers

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Asking spousal caregivers of cancer patients to write once a week for three weeks about either undisclosed thoughts and feelings they had about the cancer experience or any positive outcomes related to the cancer experience reduced caregivers’ self-reported depression a day after the final writing exercise relative to a control condition, with the greatest benefits for participants with higher baseline levels of depression. However, there was no reduction in stress and, in fact, for participants with higher baseline line levels of stress there was a negative effect of the treatments.

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Walton & Wilson, 2018