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Publications on the ACBS website that are relevant to the Aging in Context SIG (


Davis, E.L., Deane, F.P., Lyons, G.C., and Barclay, G.D. (2017) Is Higher Acceptance Associated With Less Anticipatory Grief Among Patients in Palliative Care? Journal of Pain and Symptom Management.

Edwards, D. J., McEnteggart, C., Barnes-Holmes, Y., Lowe, R., Evans, N., & Vilardaga, R. (2017). The Impact of Mindfulness and Perspective-Taking on Implicit Associations Toward the Elderly: a Relational Frame Theory Account. Mindfulness, 8(6), 1615-1622.

Kishita, N., & Laidlaw, K. (2017). Cognitive behaviour therapy for generalized anxiety disorder: Is CBT equally efficacious in adults of working age and older adults? Clinical Psychology Review, 52, 124–136.

Davis, E.L., Deane, F.P., Lyons, G.C., Barclay, G.D., Bourne, J, & Connolly, V. (2017) Feasibility Randomised Controlled Trial of a Self-help Acceptance & Commitment Therapy Intervention for Grief & Psychological Distress in Carers of Palliative Care Patients. Journal of Health Psychology.

Davis, E.L. (2017). Adjustment at end of life and in bereavement for patients and carers in palliative care: The role of acceptance and valued-living. Doctoral Dissertation. University of Wollongong. 

Roberts, S. L., & Sedley, B. (2016). Acceptance and Commitment Therapy with older adults: Rationale and a case study of an 89 year old with depression and generalised anxiety disorder. Clinical Case Studies, 15(1), 53-67. doi: 10.1177/1534650115589754

Davis, E. L., Deane, F. P., & Lyons, G. C. (2016). An acceptance and commitment therapy self-help intervention for carers of patients in palliative care: Protocol of a feasibility randomised controlled trial. Journal of Health Psychology.

Davis, E.L., Deane, F. P., & Lyons, G.C. (2016) Prediction of Individual Differences in Adjustment to Loss: Acceptance and Valued-living as Critical Appraisal and Coping Strengths. Death Studies.

Gillanders, D. & Laidlaw, K. (2014). ACT and CBT in Older Age: Towards a Wise Synthesis. in N. Pachana and K. Laidlaw (Eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Clinical Geropsychology, Oxford: OUP. DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199663170.013.035

Davis. E. L., Deane, F. P, and Lyons, G. C. (2014) Acceptance and valued living as critical appraisal and coping strengths for caregivers dealing with terminal illness and bereavement. Palliative and Supportive Care.

Wetherell, J. L., Liu, L., Patterson, T. L., Afari, N., Ayers, C. R., Thorp, S. R., ... & Sorrell, J. T. (2011). Acceptance and commitment therapy for generalized anxiety disorder in older adults: A preliminary report. Behavior Therapy, 42(1), 127-134.

Turner, J.S., & Leach, D.J. (2010). Experimental evaluation of behavioral activation treatment of anxiety (BATA) in three older adults. International Journal of Behavioral Consultation and Therapy, 6(4), 373-394.

McHugh, L., Simpson, A., & Reed, P. (2010). Mindfulness as a potential intervention for stimulus over-selectivity in older adults. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 31, 178-184.

Lunde, L.-H., & Nordhus, I. H. (2009). Combining acceptance and commitment therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy for the treatment of chronic pain in older adults. Clinical Case Studies, 84, 296-398.

Turner, J.S., & Leach, D.J. (2009). Brief Behavioural Activation Treatment of Chronic Anxiety in an Older Adult. Behaviour Change, 26(3), 214-222.

Butler, J., & Ciarrochi, J. (2007). Psychological Acceptance and Quality of Life in the Elderly. Quality of Life Research, 16, 607-615.

Andrew, D. H., & Dulin, P. L. (2007). The relationship between self-reported health and mental health problems among older adults in New Zealand: Experiential avoidance as a moderator. Aging and mental health, 11(5), 596-603.


Randomized Control Trials

  • Shin, J. S., & Lee, B. K. (2018). Effects of acceptance and commitment therapy on pain, pain interference, and life satisfaction for the elderly people with chronic pain. Stress, 26,(3), 231-242.
  • Nazari, Z., Ebrahimi, M. E., Naseh, S. A. M., & Sahebi, A. (2018). Investigation of the effect of acceptance and commitment therapy on chronic pain in the elderly. Asian Journal of Pharmaceutics, 12(2), S444.
  • Wicaksana, I. G. A. T., Wahju, T., Eko, R., & Yudara, P. (2018). The effect of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) on anxiety levels in elderly living at Panti Sosial Tresna Werdha (PSTW) Bali. Public Health of Indonesia, 4, 83-90.
  • Bayati, A., Abbasi, P., Ziapour, A., Parvane, E., & Dehghan, F. (2017). Effectiveness of acceptance and commitment therapy on death anxiety and death obsession in the elderly. World Family Medicine, 15, 122-128.
  • Davison, T. E., Eppingstall, B., Runci, S., & O'Connor, D. W. (2017). A pilot trial of acceptance and commitment therapy for symptoms of depression and anxiety in older adults residing in long-term care facilities. Aging & Mental Health, 21, 766-773.
  • Alonso-Fernández, M., López-López, A., Losada, A., González, J. L, & Wetherell, J. L. (2016). Acceptance and commitment therapy and selective optimization with compensation for institutionalized older people with chronic pain. Pain Medicine, 17, 264-277.
  • Alonso, M. A., Lopez, A., Losada, A., & Gonzalez, J. L. (2013). Acceptance And Commitment Therapy and selective optimization with compensation for older people with chronic pain: A pilot study. Psicologia Conductual, 21, 59-79.