Women and Journaling

  • Deborah WesternEmail author
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Social Work book series (BRIEFSSOWO)


This chapter provides a short introduction to the practice of journaling. I explore the concept of journaling for therapeutic purposes and look briefly at some of the research into the effectiveness and impact of journaling, or at least expressive and therapeutic writing, on mental and physical health. The concept of narratives in therapeutic writing is introduced and some examination of the role that narratives play for women in understanding and recovering from traumatic events such as gender-based violence and mental illness such as depression is undertaken. The rationale for women’s journaling and the techniques that can be used are considered.


Journals Narratives Therapeutic writing Self-development Diaries Expressive writing Depression Violence against women 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Monash UniversityCaufield EastAustralia

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