Expressive talking among caregivers of hematopoietic stem cell transplant survivors: Acceptability and concurrent subjective, objective, and physiologic indicators of emotion

Shelby Langer, Thomas H. Kelly, Barry E. Storer, Suzanne P. Hall, Heather G. Lucas, Karen L. Syrjala

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Abstract

This study sought to examine the effects of an expressive talking intervention for 58 caregiving partners of hematopoietic stem cell transplant survivors, persons known to experience distress. Caregivers were randomly assigned to a three-session emotional expression (EE) or control condition. Subjective, objective, and physiologic indicators of emotion were assessed. Relative to controls, EE participants experienced more negative emotion, uttered more negative emotion words, and perceived the exercises as more helpful and meaningful. The trajectory of skin conductance and the use of cognitive mechanism words increased across EE sessions, suggesting sustained emotional engagement. Future research is warranted to determine the optimal dose and timing of EE for this population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)294-315
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Psychosocial Oncology
Volume30
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2012
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • caregiver
  • emotional expression
  • negative affect
  • oncology
  • skin conductance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Oncology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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Expressive talking among caregivers of hematopoietic stem cell transplant survivors : Acceptability and concurrent subjective, objective, and physiologic indicators of emotion. / Langer, Shelby; Kelly, Thomas H.; Storer, Barry E.; Hall, Suzanne P.; Lucas, Heather G.; Syrjala, Karen L.

In: Journal of Psychosocial Oncology, Vol. 30, No. 3, 01.05.2012, p. 294-315.

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