How Journaling Can Help Sick Kids

on_journalingJournaling has been correlated in adults with improved health outcomes and an increased sense of well-being. Starting with Digging Deep, we hope similar research will follow for young patients. These articles provide background information on journal writing and health:


A randomised controlled trial of written self-disclosure for functional recurrent abdominal pain in youth, Jan L. Wallander, Avi Madan-Swain, Josh Klapow & Shehzad Saeedc, Psychology & Health, Volume 26, Issue 4, 2011, pages 433-447 .


Evidence of the Healing Power of Expressive Writing, Meg O’Connor, Foundation for Art & Healing, May 13, 2015


The Connection Between Art, Healing, and Public Health: A Review of Current Literature [PDF] Heather L. Stuckey, DEd, and Jeremy Nobel, MD, MPH, Feb 2010, Vol 100, No. 2, American Journal of Public Health


Can Art Be Medicine?, Foundation for Art & Healing (visit site here) [Video]


Can Journal Writing Improve the Condition of the Chronically Ill?
Delamare J (2014), Literature review.


Effects of Writing About Stressful Experiences on Symptom Reduction in Patients With Asthma or Rheumatoid Arthritis
Joshua M. Smyth, PhD (1999), JAMA, JAMA


Journals Help Patients Maintain Focus, Explore Feelings During Life Changing Illness
Zawistowski C (2013), HemOnc Today.


Strange but true: improve your health through journaling,  Bruce R (2014), Self Help Magazine.


The Health Benefits of Keeping a Diary,  Author unknown,


Health Benefits of Journal Writing,  Woolston C., See the


Expressive writing and wound healing in older adults: a randomized controlled trial
Broadbent, E (2013), Psychosomatic Medicine Journal, 75:(6), 581-590.


Twenty Six Journal Prompts for Asthma, Pat Bass III, Asthma Expert,

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