Effects of Narrative Writing Duration and Post-writing Processing Instructions on PTSD

U

University of Mississippi, Oxford

Status

Completed

Conditions

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Treatments

Behavioral: Narrative Writing: Trauma-Spontaneous
Behavioral: Narrative Writing: Trauma-Assigned

Study type

Interventional

Funder types

Other

Identifiers

NCT01773811
UMO-0004

Details and patient eligibility

About

The current study proposes to directly measure how processing after participating in written disclosure about a traumatic life event affects physical and psychological outcomes.

Full description

Previous research has established the potential for narrative writing about traumatic events to result in positive benefits for physical and psychological health. Research has also provided evidence that written disclosure may reduce post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms. Several mechanisms of action have been proposed to explain why written disclosure produces positive benefits, but all have focused on processes occurring during the writing session. It has been suggested, however, that additional processing may occur after the writing exercises are over, yet no research has studied the influence of this processing on outcomes. The current study proposes to directly measure how processing after participating in written disclosure affects physical and psychological outcomes.

Enrollment

49 patients

Sex

All

Ages

18+ years old

Volunteers

No Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion criteria

  • Experienced a traumatic life event (DSM-IV-TR Criterion A)
  • Currently experiencing clinically significant levels of PTSD symptoms

Exclusion criteria

  • Currently receiving psychotherapy
  • On medication that is not stable (i.e. medication has been changed within the past 6 weeks)

Trial design

Primary purpose

Treatment

Allocation

Randomized

Interventional model

Parallel Assignment

Masking

None (Open label)

49 participants in 3 patient groups

Control
No Intervention group
Description:
Individuals will write objectively about the events of their day.
Narrative Writing: Trauma-Assigned
Experimental group
Description:
Trauma-assigned: Individuals will write about their most traumatic life experience and be instructed to continue to think about their writing topic in the weeks following writing.
Treatment:
Behavioral: Narrative Writing: Trauma-Assigned
Narrative Writing: Trauma-Spontaneous
Active Comparator group
Description:
Individuals will write about their most traumatic life experience but will not be given further instructions for processing. Any additional processing about their writing topic in the weeks following writing will be considered spontaneous.
Treatment:
Behavioral: Narrative Writing: Trauma-Spontaneous

Trial contacts and locations

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