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Therapeutic writing for disordered eating: A systematic review

Ramsey-Wade, Christine E.; Williamson, Heidi; Meyrick, Jane

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Heidi Williamson Heidi3.Williamson@uwe.ac.uk
Associate Professor in Applied Health Research

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Jane Meyrick Jane.Meyrick@uwe.ac.uk
Senior Lecturer in Health Psychology



Abstract

A systematic review of the literature was carried out to assess whether therapeutic writing could improve outcomes for clients with disordered eating. Twelve studies were identified that met the review’s inclusion criteria. Each study was critically appraised for methodological quality. Quantitative results from the largely high to moderate quality studies show a positive trend, indicating therapeutic writing may improve outcomes for clients with disordered eating. Qualitative results indicate that brief therapeutic writing interventions can access a depth of emotional experience. Further research in this area is therefore warranted. Counselors working creatively with clients experiencing disordered eating are encouraged to consider therapeutic writing, particularly when seeking to enhance emotional expression or group cohesion.

Citation

Ramsey-Wade, C. E., Williamson, H., & Meyrick, J. (2021). Therapeutic writing for disordered eating: A systematic review. Journal of Creativity in Mental Health, 16(1), 59-76. https://doi.org/10.1080/15401383.2020.1760988

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Mar 24, 2020
Online Publication Date May 18, 2020
Publication Date 2021
Deposit Date May 12, 2020
Publicly Available Date May 19, 2021
Journal Journal of Creativity in Mental Health
Print ISSN 1540-1383
Electronic ISSN 1540-1391
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 16
Issue 1
Pages 59-76
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/15401383.2020.1760988
Keywords body image; disordered eating; therapeutic writing; poetry therapy; bibliotherapy
Public URL https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/5973289
Publisher URL https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/wcmh20/current

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