This randomized trial compared two types of expressive writing—benefit-focused versus standard expressive writing—with a factual writing(control) condition in enhancing adolescents’self-concept during the transition to high school. First-year male students (N = 201) wrote on three consecutive days about either the potential benefits of the school transition,their deepest thoughts and feelings about this transition, or their school activities. The benefit-focused group had better short-term academic self-concept relative to the other two conditions, especially among students who had low academic self-concept at baseline, but these changes were not lasting. Writing about the benefits of the transition may be a cost-effective school-based intervention to strengthen academic self-concept, but may need augmentation with booster sessions or interpersonal discussion.
|Number of pages||14|
|Journal||Journal of Research on Adolescence|
|Publication status||Published - 2014|
- Expressive writing
- High school transition
- Middle adolescence