The work-related acceptance and action questionnaire (WAAQ): Initial psychometric findings and their implications for measuring psychological flexibility in specific contexts

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Bond, F. W., Lloyd, J., & Guenole, N. (2012). The work-related acceptance and action questionnaire (WAAQ): Initial psychometric findings and their implications for measuring psychological flexibility in specific contexts. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 1-25. 

Publication Topic: 
ACT: Empirical
Publication Type: 
Article
Language: 
English
Abstract: 

Over the past decade, experimental and longitudinal research has shown that psychological flexibility is an important determinant of mental health and behavioral effectiveness in the workplace. These findings have been established using a general measure of this psychological process, the Acceptance and Action Questionnaire—Revised (AAQ-II). Consistent with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) theory, psychological flexibility may demonstrate even stronger associations with variables related to a work context (e.g., job satisfaction) if it were assessed using a measure of the construct that is tailored to the workplace. To test this hypothesis, we first developed such a measure, the Work-related AAQ (WAAQ). Findings from 745 participants across three studies reveal that the structure, validity and reliability of the WAAQ are satisfactory. As predicted, the WAAQ, in comparison to the AAQ-II, correlates significantly more strongly with work-specific variables. In contrast, the AAQ-II tends to correlate more strongly with outcomes that are likely to be more stable across different contexts (e.g., mental health and personality variables). These findings are discussed in relation to ACT theory.
 

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use in research

Hello,

Im reaching out for any help in connecting with the right people to obtain permission to use the WAAQ in research.

Many thanks
Jill Corvelli

WAAQ research permission

Hy, is it WAAQ free to use in reserch ? I would like to use it in my PhD research.
thank you ,

Psychological Flexibility

I would really appreciate being able to look at the AAIQ for workplace. I want to encourage our trainees to think about flexibility in their DClinPsy training and so I would like to find a way for them to measure their own flexibility. I thought this might be a good start. My email is h.a.combes@staffs.ac.uk. if you could send me a copy I would be really grateful!

Helen Combes

WAAQ

Hi,
I was wondering about access to WAAQ and permission to use in clinical settings?
I haven't been able to source it other than as referenced within the research article.
Thanks,
Emma

WAAQ

Hi Emma, I would reach out to one of the authors to ask for the WAAQ, and permission. Here is info on one of the co-authors.
https://contextualscience.org/user/jo_lloyd

Thank you,
Emily