Can Writing Autobiographical Essays Lessen Suicidal Thinking?
Range L M~~Kovac S H
To assess if autobiographical writing would lessen suicidal thinking, improve mood, or reduce health center visits, 49 undergraduates were randomly assigned to write about profound or trivial topics for 15 minutes per day on 4 days during a 2-week period. No significant differences were found between groups on suicidality or mood. However, the profound group reported a reduction in the number of health center visits from pre-test to follow-up, suggesting that such writing has benefits for physical health but not mental health. (19 refs)