Improving Writing Intervention for Anxiety Disorders
“Development of a Scientifically Informed Written Exposure Procedure (The SCRIPTS Study)”
Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is characterized by excessive and uncontrollable worry and anxiety. When people with GAD worry, they tend to think about problems and feared situations in a vague way. Preliminary research suggests that writing about feared situations in a structured and detailed fashion may help with worry. In this experiment, the investigators are looking to improve the writing intervention. The investigators are testing the immediate and short-term effects of a new writing intervention.
Behavioral - Standard Written Exposure
Four spaced, 30-minute sessions occurring within a period of 2 weeks. Participants write a narrative about their worst worry.
Behavioral - Enhanced Written Exposure
Four spaced, 30-minute sessions occurring within a period of 2 weeks. Participants write a narrative about their worst worry and rescript it.
Behavioral - Control Condition
Four spaced, 30-minute sessions occurring within a period of 2 weeks. At each session, participants write a narrative about a neutral topic.
Development of a Scientifically-Informed Written Exposure Procedure (The SCRIPTS Study)