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Cortisol use feasible

5 August, 2010

Writing for RecoveryResults from a pilot conducted in Iraq have demonstrated that it is feasible to
use a measure of cortisol in the evaluation of Writing for Recovery.

Writing for Recovery’ helps writers to focus on specific traumatic events using structured writing exercises.

Writing tasks took place over three consecutive days. Cortisol salivary samples were taken at five measure points: (1) pre-writing on Day One, (2) 20 minutes after writing on Day One, (3) pre-writing on Day Three, (4) 20 minutes after writing on Day Three, and (5) after two weeks.