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posted on 13.01.2022, 10:14 by Christina ThatcherChristina Thatcher
Research has shown that writing can help reduce anxiety in individuals who have experienced trauma or complicated grief. This small case study asked if writing could also reduce anxiety in those bereaved by addiction. For this study, thirteen individuals who experienced increased anxiety as a result of bereavement by addiction completed two semi-structured interviews and responded to ten writing prompts over four weeks. Thematic analysis was used to analyze interview transcripts and narrative analysis was used to analyze participants’ writing. Findings from this study suggest that writing decreased anxiety for six participants by helping them to identify intrusive ruminations and by demonstrating the progress they had made since the death of their loved one. However, more research is needed to understand why writing reduced anxiety for only half of these participants and to understand how writing might be more effectively used as a therapeutic intervention for individuals bereaved by addiction.

History

Published in

Journal of Creativity in Mental Health

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Acceptance Date

12/04/2021

Publication Date

13/05/2021

Version

VoR (Version of Record)

Citation

Thatcher, C. (2021) 'Whys and What Ifs: Writing and Anxiety Reduction in Individuals Bereaved by Addiction', Journal of Creativity in Mental Health, pp.1-14. https://doi.org/10.1080/15401383.2021.1924097

Print ISSN

1540-1383

Electronic ISSN

1540-1391

Cardiff Met Affiliation

  • Cardiff School of Education and Social Policy

Cardiff Met Authors

Christina Thatcher

Copyright Holder

© The Authors

Language

en