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Exploring the boundary conditions of expressive writing: In search of the right recipe

Smyth, J.M., & Pennebaker, J.W. (2008). Exploring the boundary conditions of expressive writing: In search of the right recipe. British Journal of Health Psychology, 13, 1-7.

This special issue presents a selection of recent studies that have attempted to push the boundaries of what we know about writing. Each of the studies explores various 'ingredients' to the expressive writing sauce, and collectively represents three broad themes of exploration: methodology; mediators and moderators; and new outcomes. As this special issue suggests, one of the most exciting aspects of the original writing method has been its ability to generate new ways of thinking about emotions, cognitive processing, and health. This issue is meant as an opportunity to both look back at what we have learned and also to look forward at the many remaining frontiers in expressive writing research. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved)