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Spera et al., 1994: Writing feelings regarding job loss decreased time taken to find new job among unemployed middle-aged professionals over 6 weeks

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Spera, S. P., Buhrfeind, E. D., & Pennebaker, J. W. (1994). Expressive writing and coping with job loss. Academy of management journal, 37(3), 722-733.
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Asking recently unemployed middle-aged professionals to write about their “deepest thoughts and feelings” about their job loss for 20-minutes/day over 5 consecutive days found a new full-time job more quickly over the next 8-months (53%) relative to individuals who wrote about nontraumatic topics (24%) or a nonrandomized group that did not write at all (14%). The treatment group also reported drinking alcohol less over the six weeks following the study. There was no effect on other health behavior measures.

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Walton & Wilson, 2018