Writing benefits caregiver burden of stress and depression

Writing benefits caregiver burden of stress and depression

As a result of a brief three week intervention, the study demonstrated the potential for writing to have beneficial on caregiver burden, stress, and depression.  Writing about feelings and about benefits of caregiver reduced caregiver depression. Writing about time management, without an emotional component, was effective in reducing caregiver stress. This study also points to the need for more longitudinal studies.

Mackenzie, C., Wiprzycka, U,.Hasher, L., & Goldstein, D. (2008). Seeing the glass half full: optimistic expressive writing improves mental health among chronically stressed caregivers. British Journal of Health Psychology, 13 (Pt 1): 73-