Title

The State of the Evidence in the Field of Health Psychology

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

The Scientific Review of Mental Health Practice

Volume

8

Publisher

Commission for Scientific Medicine and Mental Health

Publication Date

10-1-2011

First Page

23

Last Page

35

Abstract

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a form of cognitive behavior therapy that is receiving increased attention within the health psychology field. This review introduces the principles and methods of ACT as applied to health psychology and reviews the research on ACT for the many areas of heath psychology including chronic pain, substance abuse and dependence, epilepsy, diabetes, obesity, and cancer management. The results of the review indicate that research does not support ACT as an empirically supported treatment for health psychology issues, but findings from several preliminary studies indicate that ACT is showing promising results and is likely worthy of further investigation. This paper provides suggestions for future research on ACT and health psychology issues.

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