Questionnaires from a Typical Writing Study

Author of Tool: 

Pennebaker, J.W

Key references: 

Pennebaker, J. W., & Beall, S. (1986). Confronting a traumatic event: Toward an understanding of inhibition and disease. Journal of Abnormal Psychology,, 95, 274-281.

Pennebaker, J.W., Colder, M., & Sharp, L.K. (1990). Accelerating the coping process. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 58, 528-537.

Primary use / Purpose: 

Used together, these questionnaires assess college experience.

Background: 

These questionnaires ask a series of questions relating to college experience. In the Pennebaker, J.W., Colder, M., & Sharp, L.K. (1990) study, participants were told  "During today's session, I want you to let go and write about your very deepest thoughts and feelings about coming to college. College, as you know, is a major transition. In your writing, you might want to write about your emotions and thoughts about leaving your friends or your parents, about issues of adjusting to the various aspects of college such as roommates, classes, or thoughts about your future, or even about your feelings of who you are or what you want to become. The important thing is that you really let go and dig down to your very deepest emotions and thoughts and explore them in your writing".

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