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Title: Written Emotional Expression as a Coping Method in Child Protective Service Officers
Contributor(s): Alford, WK (author); Malouff, JM  (author); Osland, KS (author)
Publication Date: 2005
DOI: 10.1037/1072-5245.12.2.177
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Abstract: This study evaluated a writing intervention (journaling) to reduce stress reactions in child protective services workers. The intervention group participants were asked to write about their stress reactions or emotions in a private journal for 15-20 min each day for 3 consecutive days. The control group members were not asked to carry out any intervention activities. Participants in the intervention group completed a distress measure before and after the period of journaling. For the intervention group, distress levels significantly decreased and job satisfaction significantly increased after the intervention compared with the control group. The findings suggest that providing employees with opportunities to express their emotions in writing may be helpful in reducing distress and increasing job satisfaction.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: International Journal of Stress Management, 12(2), p. 177-187
Publisher: American Psychological Association
Place of Publication: United States
ISSN: 1072-5245
Field of Research (FOR): 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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