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2001). Validity was assessed by examining the relationship between individuals’ questionnaire responses and writing samples as well as by judges, who evaluated essays on the basis of their emotional and cognitive content and compared these evaluations with the LIWC output. Support for external validity was found— LIWC scales and judges’ ratings, for instance, were highly correlated (e.g., negative emotions, .31; causation, .44; see Pennebaker et al., 2007, for a detailed description and full results). In terms of reliability, the LIWC software has been evaluated by

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examining the correlation between the occurrences of each word in a category with the sum of other words in the same category. The dimensions used in the present study have been found to have reliabilities ranging from .80 to .97 (see Pennebaker et al., 2007, for full results). Received November 19, 2007 Revision received June 13, 2008 Accepted June 26, 2008 䡲

Healing the Wounds of Organizational Injustice Examining the Benefits of Expressive Writing  
Healing the Wounds of Organizational Injustice Examining the Benefits of Expressive Writing  

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