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Unformatted text preview: Early-stage breast cancer survivors participated in an expressive writing trial (N=63) (Stanton et al., 2002) Wrote 4 essays during a 3-week period: (1) deepest thoughts and feelings (emotional expression) (2) perceived benefits (benefit finding) (3) facts about treatment (control) Outcomes: physical symptoms and cancer-related doctor visits (3 month follow-up) “I have always had a good positive attitude about all things and that has really helped me during this time.” (Global self-concept) Self-affirmation : a positive reflection on a valued self-domain. Valued Relationships 70% Religion, Spirituality, Faith 12% Global Self-Concept 8% Concern for Others 4% Hobbies 2% Health 2% Being Affirmed by Others 1% Career/Education 1% Self-affirmation writing and health at 3-month follow-up Self-Affirmation Writing Physical Symptoms Doctor Visits-.29**-.24* ** p = .01 * P = .08 (Creswell et al., 2007, Personality & Social Psychology Bulletin )...
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This note was uploaded on 04/08/2008 for the course PSYCH 101 taught by Professor Sherman during the Winter '08 term at UCSB.
- Winter '08
- Health Psychology