Effectiveness of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (Act) On Psychological Flexibility Among Patients with Depression – A Preliminary Analysis
Background: This study evaluated the effectiveness of Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) on psychological flexibility among Patients with depression
Methods: 10 subjects having depressive symptoms & receiving treatment (5 experimental + 5 control) were selected using Simple Random Sampling at Spandana hospital Bangalore Measures: The independent variable of this study was Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). The dependent variable was psychological flexibility, Acceptance & Action Questionnaire-II (AAQ-II) was used to asses psychological flexibility. Procedure: On day one, Coin flip method was used to allocate subjects to either Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) or treatment as usual (TAU) group. Subjects in experimental group (n=10) received six sessions of Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT). Sessions were delivered on one to one basis on alternative days. Each session lasted for 30-45 minutes.
Results: Difference in the post treatment scores between ACT & TAU is statistically significant for psychological flexibility (P < 0.00).
Conclusion: ACT is effective compared to TAU, in improving psychological flexibility among depressive patients
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