Blogging About Trauma: Linguistic Measures of Apparent Recovery

Tim Hoyt, Monisha Pasupathi

Abstract


The content of traumatic event-focused blogs was analysed for linguistic content associated with recovery from trauma. The Linguistic Inquiry and Word Count (LIWC) program was used to identify changes in cognitive, affective, and self-focused word use over the course of entries in thirty public access blogs. Although blogging per se did not result in word use associated with recovery, certain characteristics of blogging, such as time between entries and the number of comments posted, were associated with linguistic markers of recovery. This suggests that the use of web-based writing as a therapeutic technique may be more helpful if tailored to an individual’s needs, such as how often and how long a person should engage in therapeutic internet journaling.

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Blog, LIWC, trauma nattarive, PTSD



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