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Pennebaker & Beall, 1986: Writing about traumatic life events increased negative mood and blood pressure suring those days, but decreased self-reported illness among college students the next 6 months

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Pennebaker, J. W., & Beall, S. K. (1986). Confronting a traumatic event: toward an understanding of inhibition and disease. Journal of abnormal psychology, 95(3), 274.
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Asking undergraduates to write about personally traumatic life events, including both the emotions they experienced and the facts of this experience, on 4 consecutive days increased blood pressure and negative mood immediately but reduced doctor visits and self-reported illness over the next 6 months relative to students who wrote about trivial topics.

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Walton & Wilson, 2018