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Melanie Jean Bonner

Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Psychiatry, Child & Family Mental Health & Community Psychiatry
Box 3527 Med Ctr, Durham, NC 27710
Box 3527 Med Ctr, Lakeview 2608 Erwin Rd, Durham, NC 27705

Outreach & Engaged Scholarship

Bass Connections Faculty Team Member - Expressive Writing for Resilience in Adult Pediatric Oncology Survivors and Their Caregivers ยท 2018 - 2019 Projects & Field Work

Primary Theme: Brain & Society

Despite successful treatment of childhood cancer, the emotional effects are lasting. Studies have shown that adult survivors of pediatric cancer are more likely to experience a myriad of physical and psychological late effects of their illness. The effects of childhood cancer are not limited to the children themselves: parents and caregivers report significant emotional distress. Expressive writing is prompt-guided intervention designed to promote healing from trauma and emotional upheavals, to resolve life challenges, cultivate resilience and improve overall health and well-being. An accessible, low-cost intervention, writing to heal may improve quality of life and reduce the negative physical and psychosocial effects of cancer in adult oncology populations.