Effectiveness of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to reduce the symptoms of anxiety in women with breast cancer

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Mojtabaie, M., & Gholamhosseini, S. (2014). Effectiveness of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to reduce the symptoms of anxiety in women with breast cancer. Journal of Social Issues & Humanities, 4(2), 522-527.

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

The aim behind this study was to determine the effectiveness of acceptance and commitment therapy
(ACT) to reduce the symptoms of depression in women with breast cancer. This study was a quasiexperimental
study with a pre-test - post-test and control group and research method was accessible and
done based on the results of a clinical interview and second version of the Beck Depression Inventory
(BDI-II). Among the women with breast cancer that referred (in 2013 year) to a specialist breast clinic,
Jihad of Tehran University, 30 women breast cancer patients with depressive symptoms were selected and
randomly divided to experimental groups (n = 15) and controls (n = 15) groups. Acceptance and
commitment therapy in 8 sessions of 45-60 minutes in the experimental group and the control group did
not receive any intervention. Pre-test and post-test scores of both groups with one-way analysis of
covariance (ANCOVA) were analysed. The results of this study showed that the depression is
significance difference between experimental and control groups at 95% confidence level and depression
scores of the experimental group were significantly decreased compare to control group. Our result
showed that acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) is effective to reduce the symptoms of
depression in women breast cancer patients.

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