Journal of Psycholinguistic Research

, Volume 37, Issue 2, pp 115–124

Expressive Electronic Journal Writing: Freedom of Communication for Survivors of Acquired Brain Injury



In addition to the impaired ability to effectively communicate, adults with acquired brain injury (ABI) also experience high incidences of depression, social isolation, and decreased quality of life. Expressive writing programs have been shown to be effective in alleviating these concomitant impairments in other populations including incarcerated inmates (Lane, Writing as a road to self-discovery, F & W, Cincinnati 1993). In addition, computer applications such as email have been suggested as an effective means of improving communication and social isolation in adults with brain injury (Sohlberg et al. [2003]. Brain Injury, 17(7), 609–629). This investigation examines the effects of on-line expressive journal writing on the communication, emotional status, social integration and quality of life of individuals with brain injury.


Expressive writing Brain injury Emotional status Social integration Quality of life 


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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Communication Sciences and DisordersUniversity of New HampshireDurhamUSA

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