Next Article in Journal
Quality of Life And Gerontology: Description of a Research Line
Previous Article in Journal
Physical Condition and Mental Health Status in Physically Independent Older Women
European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education is published by MDPI from Volume 10 Issue 1 (2020). Previous articles were published by another publisher in Open Access under a CC-BY (or CC-BY-NC-ND) licence, and they are hosted by MDPI on mdpi.com as a courtesy and upon agreement with University Association of Education and Psychology.
Article

The efficacy of expressive writing intervention: the role of optimism and alexithymia

Facultad de Ciencias de la Salud - Sección Psicología. Universidad de La Laguna. Campus de Guajara. C.P.: 38204. Tenerife (España)
*
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Eur. J. Investig. Health Psychol. Educ. 2016, 6(3), 193-205; https://doi.org/10.3390/ejihpe6030014
Received: 10 March 2016 / Revised: 27 July 2016 / Accepted: 29 July 2016 / Published: 29 July 2016
The beneficial effects on the health of the re-experimentation of traumatic experiences are well-established. The effectiveness of using reexperimentation seems to be affected by certain conditions. Among personal variables that have been shown to influence the recovery of such experiences it has highlighted the optimism and alexithymia. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects on mental health of an intervention based on re-experimentation. The sample consisted in a total of 60 participants, of which 40 carried out a process of emotional re-experimentation through three sessions of expressive writing. The rest formed the control group. All participants were evaluated before and after the emotional disclosure in positive and negative affect, anxiety, depression, intrusive thoughts and cognitive avoidance. Furthermore, the level of optimism and alexithymia were controlled. The results showed the effectiveness of expressive writing on the positive and negative affect and on depression. Among the covariables, only optimism affected significantly to effect emotional variables. The contextual and personal conditions that can be ameliorated the clinical use of emotional disclosure were discussed.
Keywords: Emotional disclosure; expressive writing; mental health; alexithymia; optimism Emotional disclosure; expressive writing; mental health; alexithymia; optimism
MDPI and ACS Style

del Pino, T.; Peñate, W.; Fumero, A.; Bethencourt, J.M.; Zambrano, S. The efficacy of expressive writing intervention: the role of optimism and alexithymia. Eur. J. Investig. Health Psychol. Educ. 2016, 6, 193-205. https://doi.org/10.3390/ejihpe6030014

AMA Style

del Pino T, Peñate W, Fumero A, Bethencourt JM, Zambrano S. The efficacy of expressive writing intervention: the role of optimism and alexithymia. European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education. 2016; 6(3):193-205. https://doi.org/10.3390/ejihpe6030014

Chicago/Turabian Style

del Pino, Tasmania, Wenceslao Peñate, Ascensión Fumero, Juan Manuel Bethencourt, and Sonia Zambrano. 2016. "The efficacy of expressive writing intervention: the role of optimism and alexithymia" European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education 6, no. 3: 193-205. https://doi.org/10.3390/ejihpe6030014

Find Other Styles

Article Access Map by Country/Region

1
Back to TopTop