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The link between stress, well-being, and psychological flexibility during an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy self-help Intervention

Wersebe, Hanna and Lieb, Rosalind and Meyer, Andrea H. and Hofer, Patrizia and Gloster, Andrew T.. (2018) The link between stress, well-being, and psychological flexibility during an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy self-help Intervention. International Journal of Clinical and Health Psychology, 18 (1). pp. 60-68.

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Abstract

Background/objective: Prolonged stress can overwhelm coping resources, leading people to seek mental health care. Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) is an intervention that enhances well-being and reduces distress, assumedly by means of increasing psychological flexibility (PF). We examined the association between a total increase in PF during an intervention and decreases in stress and increases in well-being during and after the intervention. METHOD: The intervention was a randomized controlled trial of an ACT-based self-help intervention. Participants were 91 individuals reporting elevated levels of work-related stress. Measurements were completed at preintervention, postintervention, and 3-month follow-up. RESULTS: Structural equation models revealed that the total increase in PF during the intervention was negatively associated with a decrease in stress (b = -0.63, SE = 0.14, p < .001) and positively associated with an increase in well-being during the intervention (b = 0.48, SE = 0.11, p < .001), but not with a decrease in stress (b = 0.03, SE = 0.27, p > .05) and well-being (b = -0.04, SE = 0.39, p > .05) following the intervention. CONCLUSIONS: Our study provides empirical support for decreasing stress and promoting well-being through ACT and emphasizes the potential of PF in promoting well-being.
Faculties and Departments:07 Faculty of Psychology
07 Faculty of Psychology > Departement Psychologie > Forschungsbereich Klinische Psychologie und Neurowissenschaften > Clinical Psychology and Intervention Science (Gloster)
07 Faculty of Psychology > Departement Psychologie > Forschungsbereich Klinische Psychologie und Neurowissenschaften > Klinische Psychologie und Epidemiologie (Lieb)
UniBasel Contributors:Meyer, Andrea Hans and Lieb, Roselind and Gloster, Andrew and Hofer, Patrizia D
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:1697-2600
e-ISSN:1697-2600
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
Language:English
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