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The '''Sylvia Plath effect''' is a term coined by psychologist [[James C. Kaufman]] in 2001. It refers to the phenomenon of female poets being more likely to be [[mental illness|mentally ill]] than any other class of writers.
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The '''Sylvia Plath effect''' is a term coined by psychologist [[James C. Kaufman]] in 2001 to refer to the phenomenon that creative writers are more susceptible to [[mental illness]]. Kaufman's work demonstrated that female [[poets]] were more likely to suffer from mental disorders than any other class of writers.<ref name="Plath"> Kaufman, J. C. (2001). The Sylvia Plath effect: Mental illness in eminent creative writers. Journal of Creative Behavior, 35 (1), 37-50 </ref> This finding has been discussed in many international newspapers, including the New York Times.<ref name="NYTimes"> Lee, F. R. (April 24, 2004). Going early into that good night. New York Times, Arts p, 1, 4.</ref> The finding is consistent with other psychological research studies. <ref name="Ludwig"> Ludwig, A. M. (1995). The price of greatness. New York: Guilford Press. </ref>
   
The effect is named after the American poet Sylvia Plath.
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The effect is named after the American poet [[Sylvia Plath]].
   
 
==References==
 
==References==
* Kaufman, J.C. (2001). "The Sylvia Plath effect: Mental illness in eminent creative writers." ''The Journal of Creative Behavior'', 35(1).
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*Kaufman, J. C. (2001). "The Sylvia Plath effect: Mental illness in eminent creative writers." ''The Journal of Creative Behavior'', 35(1).
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==External links==
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*[http://www.apa.org/monitor/nov03/plath.html Article by Deborah Smith Bailey] in the [[American Psychological Association|APA's]] ''Monitor on Psychology''
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*[http://www.apa.org/monitor/nov03/plath.html Article by Deborah Smith Bailey] in the [[American Psychological Association|APA's]] ''Monitor on Psychology''<br /><br />
 
   
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The Sylvia Plath effect is a term coined by psychologist James C. Kaufman in 2001 to refer to the phenomenon that creative writers are more susceptible to mental illness. Kaufman's work demonstrated that female poets were more likely to suffer from mental disorders than any other class of writers.[1] This finding has been discussed in many international newspapers, including the New York Times.[2] The finding is consistent with other psychological research studies. [3]

The effect is named after the American poet Sylvia Plath.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Kaufman, J. C. (2001). The Sylvia Plath effect: Mental illness in eminent creative writers. Journal of Creative Behavior, 35 (1), 37-50
  2. Lee, F. R. (April 24, 2004). Going early into that good night. New York Times, Arts p, 1, 4.
  3. Ludwig, A. M. (1995). The price of greatness. New York: Guilford Press.
  • Kaufman, J. C. (2001). "The Sylvia Plath effect: Mental illness in eminent creative writers." The Journal of Creative Behavior, 35(1).

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