Sex Roles

, Volume 63, Issue 3–4, pp 165–172 | Cite as

Who Benefits from Pennebaker’s Expressive Writing? More Research Recommendations: A Commentary on Range and Jenkins

  • Lisa T. Stickney
Feminist Forum


This manuscript is a commentary on Range and Jenkins’ (2010) exploration of possible gender differences in the outcomes of Pennebaker’s expressive writing paradigm. It too examines possible gender differences, but uses a different perspective and extends Range and Jenkins’ work. She focuses solely on reasons outcomes might be more beneficial for men, while this commentary looks at outcomes that may favor either gender. It employs a communication and emotion framework and explores the effects of previous trauma disclosure, women's tendency to ruminate, and the congruence of written instructions and preferred communication style. Also examined are shame, an emotion associated with some traumas, socially appropriate emotion expression, and the impact of alexithymia on emotional disclosure. Research recommendations are provided.


Gender differences Emotion Communication Expressive writing Pennebaker 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Management and International Business, The Merrick School of BusinessUniversity of BaltimoreBaltimoreUSA

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