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Table 1 Feasibility and acceptability of writing tasks

From: Feasibility and acceptability of expressive writing with postpartum women: a randomised controlled trial

  Expressive writing
Mean (SD)
N = 188
Control writing
Mean (SD)
N = 213
Test statistic p BF 01
Feasibility of expressive writing
Adherence to writing tasks
 Total word count 680.31 (547.16) 592.09 (438.64) Y BT  = 1 [−61.3, 186.93] .326 0.513 ± 0%
 Number of times women wrote:    χ2(3) = 5.55 .136 0.086 ± 0%
  0 times (n, %) n = 40 (21.3%) n = 31 (14.6%)    
  1 time (n, %)
  2 times (n, %) n = 31 (16.4%) n = 38 (17.8%)
  3 times (n, %)
n = 15 (8.0%) n = 29 (13.6%)
n = 102 (54.3%) n = 115 (54.0%)
 Total writing time in minutes 34.40 (26.92) 32.16 (22.34) Y BT  = 0.59 [−4.34, 8.05] .553 0.165 ± 0%
 Days to complete writing task 4.61 (11.88) 6.21 (18.42) Y BT = −0.81 [−0.8, 0.33] .416 0.183 ± 0%
 Distractibility rating (range 1–10) 4.56 (2.44) 5.21 (2.50) Y BT = −1.90 [−1.54, 0.03] .059 0.961 ± .01%
 Women who wrote for 15 mins:      
  Day 1 (n, %) n = 117 (62.2%) n = 120 (56.3%) χ2(1) = 1.21 .273 0.258 ± 0%
  Day 2 (n, %) n = 81 (43.1%) n = 99 (46.5%) χ2(1) = 0.34 .561 0.157 ± 0%
  Day 3 (n, %) n = 71 (37.8%) n = 71 (33.3%) χ2(1) = 0.68 .411 0.199 ± 0%
  All three days (n, %) n = 55 (29.3%) n = 50 (23.5%) χ2(1) = 1.44 .230 0.331 ± 0%
Language categories in writing:
 Emotion words 6.20 (1.57) 1.66 (2.07) Y BT  = 31.12 [4.62, 5.25] < .001 5.84 ± 0%
 Cognitive processing words 19.11 (2.65) 11.30 (3.22) Y BT  = 27.03 [7.7, 8.91] < .001 1.32 ± 0%
 Perceptual words 2.69 (1.09) 4.76 (1.74) Y BT  = −11.38 [−2.36, −1.67] < .001 5.16 ± 0%
Acceptability of expressive writing
 Positivity of writing task 0.31 (0.82) −0.28 (1.06) Y BT  = 3.25 [0.26, 0.1] .002 159.11 ± 0%
 Negativity of writing task 0.46 (1.22) −0.21 (0.70) Y BT  = 4.21 [0.26, 0.76] < .001 742.40 ± 0%