Transformational Processing of Negative Events: An Experimental Manipulation

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Title: Transformational Processing of Negative Events: An Experimental Manipulation
Author: Tan, Joseph
Advisor: Lilgendahl, Jennifer L.
Department: Haverford College. Dept. of Psychology
Type: Thesis (B.A.)
Issue Date: 2012
Abstract: Transformational processing has been defined by past narrative identity research on negative event processing as a distinctive combination of the processes of exploration and resolution. The current study aimed to test the effect of transformational processing of negative events on well-being. Through an expressive writing framework, subjects processed a negative event through three days of writing either in a transformational manner (composed of both exploration and resolution), through exploration only, or through resolution only. Results showed no significant effects on well-being, but also showed that the transformational narratives had patterns of growth and positive emotion words over the course of the three writing days that were distinct from the patterns in the other writing conditions.
Subject: Identity (Psychology)
Subject: Life change events -- Psychological aspects
Subject: Narration (Rhetoric) -- Psychological aspects
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