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Revision and the Writing Workshop: Editing Our Selves as Therapy

Faculty Supervisor:
Paul Lewis
Year of Project Completion:
Cassidy McFadden


In this study, the aim was to unify concepts of literary studies and psychology in order to determine the usefulness of narrative in recovery from mental illness, especially the revision process as used in the writing workshop. By comparing scores on a self-concept measure as well as symptoms of depression from Beck's Depression Inventory, participants' improvement over a few weeks of study in a writing workshop was analyzed. Participation was found to be beneficial, though differences by gender may be more striking than was anticipated. As a pilot study in this overlap of disciplines, results indicate promise in this field for more research.

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