Title of Oral/Poster Presentation

A Meta Analysis of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Outcomes and Measures

Class

Article

College

College of Science

Faculty Mentor

michael twohig

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Abstract

Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) is a psychological intervention targeting an overarching goal of increased psychological flexibility (i.e. the ability to contact the present moment more fully as a conscious human being, and to change or persist in behavior when doing so serves valued ends; Hayes, et al 2006). ACT utilizes many cognitive and behavipresentation strategies to help individuals live in the service of their values, even when this means experiencing distressing emotions/thoughts/experiences. Several other interventions, such as Cognitive Behavipresentation Therapy (CBT) target symptom reduction and decreases in distress as primary outcomes of therapy. Thus, considering the theoretical foundation underlying each of these therapies, the primary assessments used to gauge the efficacy of such interventions should different, despite hypothetical correlations. This current is therefore a meta analysis investigating all ACT randomized controlled trials to date to investigate the measures and outcomes that have been used to judge the effectiveness of this type of treatment to determine their consistency with it's theoretical foundation. As part of the analysis, over one hundred research articles will be surveyed and coded. The study will focus on the stated primary and secondary outcomes, whether psychological flexibility was considered in the study, number of assessment points, length of follow up, and statistical significance found for each outcome. The study will be double coded for accuracy, and analyzed for trends.

Location

The South Atrium

Start Date

4-12-2018 3:00 PM

End Date

4-12-2018 4:15 PM

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A Meta Analysis of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Outcomes and Measures

The South Atrium

Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) is a psychological intervention targeting an overarching goal of increased psychological flexibility (i.e. the ability to contact the present moment more fully as a conscious human being, and to change or persist in behavior when doing so serves valued ends; Hayes, et al 2006). ACT utilizes many cognitive and behavipresentation strategies to help individuals live in the service of their values, even when this means experiencing distressing emotions/thoughts/experiences. Several other interventions, such as Cognitive Behavipresentation Therapy (CBT) target symptom reduction and decreases in distress as primary outcomes of therapy. Thus, considering the theoretical foundation underlying each of these therapies, the primary assessments used to gauge the efficacy of such interventions should different, despite hypothetical correlations. This current is therefore a meta analysis investigating all ACT randomized controlled trials to date to investigate the measures and outcomes that have been used to judge the effectiveness of this type of treatment to determine their consistency with it's theoretical foundation. As part of the analysis, over one hundred research articles will be surveyed and coded. The study will focus on the stated primary and secondary outcomes, whether psychological flexibility was considered in the study, number of assessment points, length of follow up, and statistical significance found for each outcome. The study will be double coded for accuracy, and analyzed for trends.