A Promising Psychosocial Intervention: Next Steps Include Systematic Study and Creative Extension

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Abstract

Sloan and Marx (this issue) provide a comprehensive and thoughtful review of the written exposure paradigm, noting that it is a promising psychosocial intervention. They focus on possible explanatory theories and close their review by advocating for research aimed at understanding mechanisms of action. While this critically important research is being conducted by some investigators, it will be important for others to consider modifications or enhancements that might improve the efficacy and effectiveness of the written exposure paradigm and still others to consider the myriad of related intervention possibilities raised by the promising findings. That is, the emerging data on the written exposure paradigm have substantial heuristic value. There is insufficient psychosocial intervention research being conducted, and we have barely scratched the surface of possibilities related to this strategy.

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