Volume 20 Num. 3 - October 2020
A Systematic Review of Values Interventions in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Volume 20 Num. 3 - October 2020 - Pages 355-372
Gustavo Matheus Rahal , Marcia Cristina Caserta Gon
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is characterized by a focus on contextual change and advances topics like acceptance, mindfulness, values, spirituality and relationship. It sets itself apart from other third wave approaches by bringing to the center of the therapeutic work values clarification and living. Previous systematic reviews provided support for the efficacy and effectiveness of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) but it’s unknown of reviews that comprehensively assess values interventions with a focus on examining the specific effects of working with values or meaning in life in a wide variety of settings, populations and methodological designs. The goal of this study is to investigate empirical interventions that utilizes values as conceptualized by ACT. Systematic searches in 5 databases were performed up to April 2020. For inclusion, the intervention study must have targeted values process as conceptualized by ACT. Systematic reviews, theoretical or conceptual papers were excluded. Analyzed data were publication year, language, country, number and description of participants, mean age, sample origin, outcome variables, study design and quality and overall results. Seventeen studies were identified. Results show a broad scope of research methods, in a variety of settings and populations. According to reported results, values interventions had the desired effect on the outcome variable.
Keywords: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, values, meaning in life, Relational Frame Theory, review.
How to cite this paper: Matheus Rahal G & Caserta Gon MC (2020). A Systematic Review of Values Interventions in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. International Journal of Psychology & Psychological Therapy, 20, 3, 355-372.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, values, meaning in life, Relational Frame Theory, review
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