Cognitive and emotional processing in narratives of women abused by intimate partners

Danielle Holmes, Georg W. Alpers, Tasneem Ismailji, Catherine Classen, Talor Wales, Valerie Cheasty, Andrew Miller, Cheryl Koopman

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This study examined relationships between cognitive and emotional processing with changes in pain and depression among intimate partner violence survivors. Twenty-five women who wrote about their most traumatic experiences completed measures of pain and depressive symptoms before the first writing session and again 4 months following the last writing session. Reduced pain was significantly associated with less use of positive and negative emotion words. Relationships between cognitive and emotional aspects of writing with changes in depressive symptoms fell short of statistical significance. The results suggest that emotional processing in narrative writing predicts changes in pain in intimate partner violence survivors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1192-1205
Number of pages14
JournalViolence Against Women
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2007


  • Depression
  • Expressive writing
  • Intimate partner violence


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