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Narratives of Anxiety

Narratives of Anxiety
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Author(s): Jennifer Lynne Bird (Oxbridge Academy, USA) and Eric T. Wanner (Palm Beach Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center, USA)
Copyright: 2020
Pages: 53
Source title: Using Narrative Writing to Enhance Healing
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Jennifer Lynne Bird (Oxbridge Academy, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-1931-8.ch007

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Abstract

This research project began as a study using both quantitative and qualitative methods to learn about the connections between writing and healing. College students who wrote in journals throughout the semester as part of normal classroom practices for an education methods class in reading and writing completed surveys answering questions about their writing and their health. Initial analysis of the data echoed the findings of previous studies: writing is healing. However, the more important observation became that on one of the health survey questions 92% of the subjects reported experiencing anxiety or stress. Consequently, the research evolved into a social action project to help college students cope with stress and anxiety; stress is a very common cause of a downward spiral to quality of life and overall health. By making a few positive changes in their lives, people can learn to deal with stress.

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