ACT for adolescents: Impact of a pilot group intervention on psychological wellbeing

Kylie J. Smith*, Lisa N. Oxman, Louise Hayes

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    Abstract

    Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) has substantial support in adult populations but less among adolescents. To date, very little research has evaluated whether it can be delivered in a highly accessible school context. This study examined a 6-hour, weekly ACT-informed school-based group intervention for adolescent girls, focusing on anxiety, depression and building psychological flexibility. Participants (N = 10) who completed the intervention experienced significantly lowered levels of anxiety and increased psychological flexibility, with postintervention scores for all variables trending in the expected directions. Findings provide preliminary support for the efficacy of the intervention and encourages further evaluation of ACT delivered in schools.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)248-254
    Number of pages7
    JournalJournal of Psychologists and Counsellors in Schools
    Volume30
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2020

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