A brief Acceptance and Commitment Therapy-based intervention among violence-prone male inmates delivered by novice therapists

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Eisenbeck, N., Scheitz, K., & Szekeres, B. (2016). A brief Acceptance and Commitment Therapy-based group intervention among violent male inmates. Psychology, Society & Education, 8(3). 187-199.

Publication Topic: 
ACT: Empirical
Publication Type: 
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT); inmates; novice therapists; short intervention

Acceptance and mindfulness-oriented cognitive and behavioral therapies, such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) are implemented in a wide range of different populations, but are not commonly used currently in correctional facilities. Objective: This study aimed to assess an intervention based on ACT in comparison with a treatment as usual condition (TAU) among inmates. Method: We compared 10 group sessions of ACT (n=9) with TAU (n=8) among male prisoners charged with violent crimes, administered by novice ACT therapists. Results: At post-intervention, ACT was more effective in enhancing values-consistent behaviors than TAU as measured by the Valued Living Questionnaire. Depression, anxiety and psychological flexibility did not change after any of the treatments. These results were maintained at three-month follow-up. Conclusions: A brief ACT intervention delivered by inexperienced ACT therapists can be effective in increasing values-behavior consistency among male inmates. ACT may be a viable and cost-effective intervention alternative in penitentiary contexts.

This was the first RCT on ACT in Hungary. Access to the pdf: http://www.psye.org/articulos/Nikol.pdf
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Hi, I would love to have a copy of your paper. The problem is that the link is not working. Would you please have a look at it and fix it? Thanks much, Donna Read

Dear Donna, Thank you very

Dear Donna, Thank you very much for your interest! There was an error on the webpage of the journal. I have attached the original article.