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    Evaluating a written emotional disclosure homework intervention for lower-limb amputees

    Gallagher, Pamela and MacLachlan, Malcolm (2002) Evaluating a written emotional disclosure homework intervention for lower-limb amputees. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 83 (10). pp. 1464-1466. ISSN 0003-9993

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    Gallagher P, MacLachlan M. Evaluating a written emotional disclosure homework intervention for lower-limb amputees. Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2002;83:1464-6. Objective: To evaluate the Pennebaker Emotional Disclosure paradigm with lower-limb amputee patients in terms of compliance and efficacy. Design: Repeated measures. Setting: Home based. Participants: Low compliance, both with the initial mailed request (28%) and the subsequent writing task (48%), resulted in 23 lower-limb amputees who had been fitted with a prosthesis participating. Interventions: Patients completed a 15-minute writing task, 6 times, over 2 weeks, with initial baseline and 2-month follow-up assessments. Main Outcome Measures: Cognitive processing, well-being, adjustment to an artificial limb, pain, and prosthetic use. Results: Stronger emotional disclosure was associated with significant reductions in psychologic and physical aspects of amputees' satisfaction with their prosthesis, some of which were mediated by positive changes in affect immediately after the writing tasks. Conclusions: Our results failed to support previous findings with nonclinical samples; in fact, our results contradicted previous findings. We therefore caution that written emotional disclosure may be contraindicated with lower-limb amputee patients.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Amputation; Disability evaluation; Express emotion; Rehabilitation;
    Academic Unit: Assisting Living & Learning,ALL institute
    Faculty of Science and Engineering > Psychology
    Item ID: 16435
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    Depositing User: Malcolm MacLachlan
    Date Deposited: 22 Aug 2022 14:52
    Journal or Publication Title: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
    Publisher: Elsevier
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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