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Journaling ....   
& Benefits
of Journaling
Potential Benefits
for Adolescent
Mothers &
Impact on Parenting
Materials Used
In the AMJP


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Materials Used in AMJP

Participants in the AMJP need to know that it is the process of striving for self-understanding that is important-not the way the actual journal is kept. Most journal writers, however, feel that the kind of journal, materials, and supplies they use are crucial for developing a personal style of journaling that is meaningful and enjoyable for them. This section highlights some of the many options available for people who write in journals and include art in their journals.

Types of journals

There are many types of journal to choose from, and each has benefits and drawbacks.

  • Spiral-bound notebooks
  • Three-ring binders
  • Bound blank books
  • Sketchbooks

Writing Instruments

There needs to be assortment of pens, markers, crayons, Paint-markers, and other writing instruments to choose from. Many journal writers adopt a special pen to use each time they journal. Doing this can turn journaling into a special ritual and help keep it separate from everyday writing.

Art supplies

Art activities play an important part in AMJP. Items like pencils, erasers, stickers, paints, watercolors, brushes, glue, rulers, stencils, ribbons, lace, fabric, rubber stamps and ink pads, string, scissors, magazines, and newspapers makes the experiences fun and faster creativity.


For additional information, contact:

Kim Allen
Center on Adolescent Sexuality, Pregnancy and Parenting
State Specialist, University of MO Extension
1205 University Pl., Suite 1100
Columbia, MO 65211
Phone: 573-884-0644
Fax: 573.884.4878


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last updated 11/10/08