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Educational Specialist (EdS)




Clint E. Field


Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) is an empirically based psychological intervention established as effective in the treatment of a number of clinical problems. ACT has been utilized with parents in a variety of contexts, thus creating a need to assess ACT-pertinent factors within parenting frameworks. However, a psychometrically sound measure designed to assess parental psychological flexibility is currently unavailable. The present study sought to develop a reliable and valid measure that is for use with parents rooted in the six primary processes theorized to contribute to psychological flexibility. One hundred eighty-two participants were recruited from a public elementary school located in a suburb of Salt Lake City, Utah.

Findings from the project yielded an overall internal consistency value of .84 and an average of .73 among ACT processes measured by the Parental Acceptance Questionnaire (6-PAQ). Results of the confirmatory factor analysis using items included in the final version of the 6-PAQ instrument suggested an exceptional overall fit: CFI = .97, TLI = .96, RMSEA = .06 (90% confidence interval = .05-.08), and WRMR = 0.86. Taken together, these results provide preliminary support for the 6-PAQ as an effective measurement tool to assess parental psychological flexibility. Empirical and clinical implications of results as well as limitations and future directions are discussed.