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Changes of valued behaviors and functioning during an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Intervention

Wersebe, Hana and Lieb, Roselind and Meyer, Andrea and Hoyer, Jürgen and Wittchen, Hans-Ulrich and Gloster, Andrew Thomas. (2016) Changes of valued behaviors and functioning during an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Intervention. Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science, 6 (1). pp. 63-70.

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Abstract

Background
Living in line with one's values is believed to be beneficial for a person's well-being. Working with values in the therapeutic context often reveals that individuals do no live congruent with their chosen values. This study aimed to investigate how patients’ valued behaviors change during an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and how these changes are associated with functioning. Further, this study aimed to examine whether valued behaviors changed depending on pre-treatment levels of symptomatology.
Methods
This was a standardized randomized controlled trial with an ACT intervention. Participants were 41 adult patients with treatment-resistant panic disorder. Measurements were completed at pre-treatment, 4-weeks-post-treatment, as well as 6-months after treatment.
Results
The discrepancy between how important something is and how much someone does in accordance to their values decreased across treatment. Higher pre-treatment panic symptomatology led to higher improvements in valued action, compared to lower pre-treatment symptomatology. Yet, all patients reached comparable end-points. Functioning increased over the entire study period and increases in functioning were associated with increases in importance and valued action.
Discussion
Our study extends prior findings about valued behaviors in ACT by showing that treatment-resistant patients with panic disorder decreased the discrepancy between what is considered important and valued action. Further studies investigating changes in valued behaviors across various diagnoses and treatments are clearly necessary.
Faculties and Departments:07 Faculty of Psychology > Departement Psychologie > Forschungsbereich Klinische Psychologie und Neurowissenschaften > Clinical Psychology and Intervention Science (Gloster)
UniBasel Contributors:Wersebe, Hanna and Lieb, Roselind and Gloster, Andrew and Meyer, Andrea Hans
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:Wiley
ISSN:0894-3257
e-ISSN:1099-0771
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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Last Modified:20 Dec 2018 10:48
Deposited On:31 Oct 2017 11:13

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