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Psychological Flexibility as a Malleable Public Health Target: Evidence from a Representative Sample

Gloster, Andrew T. and Meyer, Andrea H. and Lieb, Roselind. (2017) Psychological Flexibility as a Malleable Public Health Target: Evidence from a Representative Sample. Journal of Contextual Behavioural Science, 6 (2). pp. 166-171.

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Abstract

Background: Identifying salient and widespread health-promoting targets is a prerequisite for efficient public health initiatives. We tested the moderating influence of psychological flexibility — a fundamental, trainable set of intrapersonal and interpersonal processes that help people manage stressors and strengthen alternative adaptive behaviors — on the relationship between known risk factors and physical health, mental health, and well-being.
Method: A representative sample of 1035 participants in Switzerland aged 18 – 74 years answered questions about their physical health, health care utilization, mental health, well-being, and three risk factors: stressful life events, daily stress, and low social support. Statistical models tested whether psychological flexibility moderated the relationship between risk factors and outcomes.
Results: Psychological flexibility consistently moderated the relationship between stress and all tested outcomes, following a dose response: Higher levels were more protective.
Conclusions: Targeting psychological flexibility — a salient and widespread set of trainable skills — could promote various health outcomes.
Faculties and Departments:07 Faculty of Psychology > Departement Psychologie > Forschungsbereich Klinische Psychologie und Neurowissenschaften > Klinische Psychologie und Epidemiologie (Lieb)
07 Faculty of Psychology > Departement Psychologie > Forschungsbereich Klinische Psychologie und Neurowissenschaften > Clinical Psychology and Intervention Science (Gloster)
UniBasel Contributors:Lieb, Roselind and Gloster, Andrew and Meyer, Andrea Hans
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:2212-1447
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
Language:English
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