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Cameron & Nicholls, 1996: Writing feelings about entering college or formulating coping plans reduced doctor visits among incoming college students within a month

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Cameron, L. D., & Nicholls, G. (1998). Expression of stressful experiences through writing: Effects of a self-regulation manipulation for pessimists and optimists. Health Psychology, 17(1), 84.
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Summary:

Asking students entering college to write about (1) thoughts and feelings about entering college and formulating coping plans (self-regulation) or (2) expressing thoughts and feelings only (disclosure only) in three weekly writing sessions reduced doctor visits over the following month among dispositionally optimistic students, relative to students who wrote about trivial topics. Among pessimists, only the self-regulation task reduced doctor visits. The disclosure task also raised grades.

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Walton & Wilson, 2018