Writing as physical and emotional healing: Findings from clinical research

Jessica Singer, George H.S. Singer

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Educators have long assumed that writing is a healthy and important mode of communication. Medical research now confirms that brief structured writing sessions can significantly improve mental and physical health for some groups of people. Furthermore, these benefits accrue when people write for short periods of time (15-20 minutes) over 3 days. The surprising finding that short episodes of focused writing can improve physical and mental health has energized a research program among psychologists and medical scientists, but writing researchers have yet to join this community.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of Research on Writing
Subtitle of host publicationHistory, Society, School, Individual, Text
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)1410616479, 9781135251116
ISBN (Print)9780805848700
StatePublished - Jan 1 2009
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Arts and Humanities(all)


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