Expressive writing (EW) can be an eﬀective way to alter maladaptive emotional reactions to stressful life events,
although little is known about how pre-adolescents may beneft from it. In this quasi-experimental study, we
compared measures of depression, anger, forgiveness, positive and negative aﬀect in pre-adolescents before
and after EW in both an experimental group undergoing the EW paradigm and a control group (N=138). No
signifcant eﬀects between control and experimental groups were found for the considered variables, except
for positive and negative aﬀect. We suggest potential reasons accounting for these results. Given that the
theorised mechanisms involved in the EW paradigm include executive functioning abilities, it is possible that
preadolescents may not be able to beneft from it, due to not fully developed executive functioning skills.
Our results provide useful information in order to better design future studies and prevention/intervention
programmes to be implemented with preadolescents.