Power Of Pen: Expressive Writing As An Intervention Tool On Exposure To Thin-Ideal Images With Dietary Restraint And Self-Compassion As Covariates

0*, Angelo Emil Gagani**
* Learning Support Coach, Additional Learning Support, South Essex College, Essex, United Kingdom.
** PG Scholar, Graduate School, University of Santo Tomas, Manila, Philippines.
Periodicity:July - September'2016
DOI : https://doi.org/10.26634/jelt.6.3.8177


Expressive Writing (EW) has been recognised as an intervention tool for thin-ideal images. However, to date, there are limited studies which investigated its efficacy to involve dietary restraint and self-compassion as moderating variables. The present work assessed the efficacy of EW in improving levels of body satisfaction and positive affect among 140 Filipino female university students ageing 18-25. They were tested in groups and wrote either about life goals (n = 46), positive experiences (n = 49) or a control topic (n = 46). It further examined how EW could benefit people on the basis of their levels of dietary restraint and self-compassion. Results demonstrated that EW has no significant effect on body satisfaction and positive affect. However, it was revealed that dietary restraint and self-compassion have moderating effects.


Body Satisfaction, Dietary Restraint, Expressive Writing, Positive Affect, Self-Compassion

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Relojo, D., and Gagani, A. E. (2016). Power of Pen: Expressive Writing as an Intervention Tool on Exposure to Thin-Ideal Images with Dietary Restraint and Self-Compassion as Covariates. i-manager’s Journal on English Language Teaching, 6(3), 39-45. https://doi.org/10.26634/jelt.6.3.8177


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