Effects of written emotional disclosure on health outcomes in patients with ankylosing spondylitis

Hamilton-West, Kate E. and Quine, Lyn (2007) Effects of written emotional disclosure on health outcomes in patients with ankylosing spondylitis. Psychology & Health, 22 (6). pp. 637-657. ISSN 0887-0446. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

The study aimed to evaluate the impact of a written emotional disclosure intervention on psychological and physical health outcomes in ankylosing spondylitis (AS) patients. Forty-five male and twenty-three female AS patients (mean age 52 years) were randomly assigned to write about either stressful (intervention) or neutral (control) topics for 20 min on 3 consecutive days. Three months after writing, intervention participants evidenced significantly better functional status than controls. However, other measures of physical and psychological health were unchanged and the improvement in functional status was not clinically significant. Health improvements in the intervention group were significantly associated with linguistic content reflecting emotional and cognitive processing. Limitations of the emotional disclosure intervention and future research directions are discussed

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: stress; coping; emotional disclosure; ankylosing spondylitis
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology > Social Psychology
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Centre for Health Services Studies
Depositing User: Maureen Cook
Date Deposited: 18 Mar 2008 09:29
Last Modified: 07 May 2014 13:34
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/2200 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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