International Journal of Public Health Science (IJPHS)
Vol 10, No 2: June 2021

Reducing depressive symptoms and increasing positive feelings with expressive writing

Chen Sung Wong (HELP University)
Melissa Jane Chua (HELP University)
Kususanto Ditto Prihadi (HELP University)

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Publish Date
01 Jun 2021


This experimental study examined the effect of expressive writing on depressive symptoms. 86 undergraduate students were recruited from a private university to perform online positive experience writing (PEW) (n=31), negative experience (NEW) (n=32) and control topic (CW) (n=23) for three sessions in three consecutive weeks. The depressive symptoms of participants were measured at pre-treatment and post-treatment. It was hypothesized that PEW has significant greater reduction in depressive symptoms compared to NEW and CW based on broaden and build model. Nevertheless, results showed that PEW had significantly greater symptoms reduction than CW, yet there was no significant difference between PEW and NEW. The findings suggested that PEW might be potentially useful in reducing depressive symptoms among undergraduates.

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