Also, this will help to increase the length of the relationship significantly and will raise the satisfaction level of the people in the relationship to a level higher than before they began to use expressive writing.

This study has demonstrated the positive effects of expressive writing which can be applied by sociologists and psychologists. However, there is one bit of the study which is not expressly explained and thus should be addressed by future studies. This is on whether the positive outcome was as a result of the expressive writing only or by the people in the relationships simple giving more attention to their relationships and exploring the issues in the relationship.

The study was extremely practical since the researchers made use of qualitative methods to get their results as this was a qualitative study.

The researchers made use of ethical methods and they ensured the highest standards of ethics were kept. Future research along these lines should explore and analyze any other factors other than expressive writing that may lead to the positive effects of relationships.


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