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Stress and anxiety are very common factors in the everyday lives of college students. Although some students have found ways to reduce them, others have not. Student participants (N = 165) indicated whether they used one or more of four different mediums for personal writing, and, if so, when and why they started to use them, how frequently they used them, and whether the use relieved their stress and reduced their anxiety. These four mediums included two traditional styles of writing (diary and journal) and two newer styles of writing (e-mail and weblogs). Results showed that e-mail was used most frequently; however, following emotional hardship, students were more likely to turn to journaling. Diary writers started at a younger age than webloggers, and diary writers tended to be younger than individuals who relied on none of these mediums for stress relief and anxiety reduction.

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