Carrascoso López, 2000

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Carrascoso López, F. J. (2000). Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) in Panic Disorder with Agoraphobia: A Case Study. Psychology in Spain, 4(1), 120-128.

Publication Topic: 
ACT: Empirical
Publication Type: 
Article
Language: 
English
Language: 
Español
Keyword(s): 
ACT, panic, agoraphobia
Abstract: 

In recent years, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) has gained ground as a radical behaviorist conceptual alternative to cognitive-behavioral models of anxiety disorders, as a theory that considers psychological problems as a set of socio-cultural practices in context. With this in mind, we present a case study illustrating the application of ACT in a male user diagnosed as suffering from panic disorder with agoraphobia. After twelve treatment sessions, the user was observed to have recovered, and discharged. The results obtained are complex and contradictory, and not easily explained in terms of exclusively quantitative perspectives on behavioural change and cognitive-behavioral models of panic disorder. In the light of the results, a series of conceptual and methodological considerations on the process of behavioral change are presented within the framework of ACT, as a conceptual alternative to cognitive-behavioral models of panic disorder.

Recientemente, la Terapia de Aceptación y Compromiso (ACT) se ha desarrollado como una alternativa conceptual conductista radical a los modelos cognitivo-conductuales de los trastornos de ansiedad, considerando que los problemas psicológicos constituyen un conjunto de prácticas socioculturales en contexto. Presentamos un estudio de caso ilustrando la aplicación de la ACT en un varón diagnosticado de trastorno de angustia con agorafobia. Tras doce sesiones de intervención, el usuario fue dado de alta por mejoría clínica de su problema. Los resultados obtenidos fueron de naturaleza compleja y no fácilmente explicables desde los enfoques cuantitativos del cambio conductual y los modelos cognitivo-conductuales del trastorno de angustia. A la luz de los hallazgos obtenidos, se presentan una serie de consideraciones conceptuales y metodológicas desde el marco de la teoría de la ACT sobre el proceso de cambio conductual, como alternativa conceptual a los modelos cognitivo-conductuales del trastorno de angustia.

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