Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Publication Title: 
The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews

BACKGROUND: This is an updated version of the original Cochrane review published in The Cochrane Library, Issue 1, 2002.Yoga may induce relaxation and stress reduction, and influence the electroencephalogram and the autonomic nervous system, thereby controlling seizures. Yoga would be an attractive therapeutic option for epilepsy if proved effective.

Author(s): 
Panebianco, Mariangela
Sridharan, Kalpana
Ramaratnam, Sridharan
Publication Title: 
Psychological Reports

Various psychotherapeutic approaches have been developed to address the psychosocial stressors and distress associated with cancer diagnosis and treatment. One such approach, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), may be particularly well suited to people with cancer as it offers a model of healthy adaptation to difficult circumstances. This paper provides a description and theoretical rationale for using ACT in psychosocial oncology care that emphasizes emotional distress and cancer-related pain and provides a narrative review of the current state of evidence for this setting.

Author(s): 
Fashler, Samantha R.
Weinrib, Aliza Z.
Azam, Muhammad Abid
Katz, Joel
Publication Title: 
Journal of applied research in intellectual disabilities: JARID

BACKGROUND: The efficacy of mindfulness-based interventions (MBIs) for stress and psychological distress in professional caregivers supporting individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities (IDDs) is reviewed. METHODS: Eight studies met inclusion criteria and were systematically reviewed, including RCTs and single-group designs.

Author(s): 
Ó Donnchadha, Seán
Publication Title: 
The Journal of Pain: Official Journal of the American Pain Society

There is increasing evidence that contextual forms of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) are effective in the management of chronic pain, yet little is understood about the factors that moderate or predict outcomes in these treatments. This systematic review aimed to identify pretreatment participant characteristics associated with positive treatment responses in contextual CBT for chronic pain. Medline, EMBASE, PsychINFO, and CENTRAL were searched to identify eligible studies.

Author(s): 
Gilpin, Helen R.
Keyes, Alexandra
Stahl, Daniel R.
Greig, Riannon
McCracken, Lance M.
Publication Title: 
Schizophrenia Research

In promoting optimal recovery in persons with psychosis, psychological interventions have become a key element of treatment, with cognitive behavioural therapy being widely recommended in clinical practice guidelines. One key area of development has been the trialling of "third wave" cognitive behavioural interventions, which promote mindfulness, acceptance and compassion as means of change. Trials to date have demonstrated encouraging findings, with beneficial effects observed on measures of psychotic symptoms.

Author(s): 
Louise, Stephanie
Fitzpatrick, Molly
Strauss, Clara
Rossell, Susan L.
Thomas, Neil
Publication Title: 
Behavior Therapy

In this review, we examine common usage of the term "third wave" in the scientific literature, systematically review published meta-analyses of identified "third wave" therapies, and consider the implications and options for the use of "third wave" as a metaphor to describe the nature of and relationships among cognitive and behavioral therapies.

Author(s): 
Dimidjian, Sona
Arch, Joanna J.
Schneider, Rebecca L.
Desormeau, Philip
Felder, Jennifer N.
Segal, Zindel V.
Publication Title: 
Journal of Anxiety Disorders

A fair amount of research exists on acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) as a model and a treatment for anxiety disorders and OCD spectrum disorders; this paper offers a quantitative account of this research. A meta-analysis is presented examining the relationship between psychological flexibility, measured by versions of the Acceptance and Action Questionnaire (AAQ and AAQ-II) and measures of anxiety. Meta-analytic results showed positive and significant relationships between the AAQ and general measures of anxiety as well as disorder specific measures.

Author(s): 
Bluett, Ellen J.
Homan, Kendra J.
Morrison, Kate L.
Levin, Michael E.
Twohig, Michael P.
Publication Title: 
Frontiers in Psychology

Adapted mindfulness-based interventions (MBIs) could be of benefit for people distressed by hearing voices. This paper presents a systematic review of studies exploring this possibility and we ask five questions: (1) Is trait mindfulness associated with reduced distress and disturbance in relation to hearing voices? (2) Are MBIs feasible for people distressed by hearing voices? (3) Are MBIs acceptable and safe for people distressed by hearing voices? (4) Are MBIs effective at reducing distress and disturbance in people distressed by hearing voices?

Author(s): 
Strauss, Clara
Thomas, Neil
Hayward, Mark
Publication Title: 
Drug and Alcohol Dependence

BACKGROUND: In the past decade, multiple studies have examined the effectiveness of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for substance use disorders relative to other active treatments. The current meta-analysis examined the aggregate effect size when comparing ACT to other treatments (e.g., CBT, pharmacotherapy, 12-step, treatment as usual) specifically on substance use outcomes. METHOD: A total of 10 randomized controlled trials were identified through systematic searches.

Author(s): 
Lee, Eric B.
An, Woolee
Levin, Michael E.
Twohig, Michael P.
Publication Title: 
International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry

OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study is to review the effectiveness of third wave mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral therapies (CBTs) for depressive or anxiety symptomatology in older adults across a wide range of physical and psychological conditions. METHODS: Electronic literature databases were searched for articles, and random-effects meta-analysis was conducted. RESULTS: Ten studies met the inclusion criteria, of which nine reported the efficacy of interventions on depressive symptoms and seven on anxiety symptoms.

Author(s): 
Kishita, Naoko
Takei, Yuko
Stewart, Ian

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