The effect of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy on reducing anxiety symptoms and body image dissatisfaction in obese women

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Rafiee, M., Sedrpoushan, N., & Abedi. M. R. (2014). The effect of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy on reducing anxiety symptoms and body image dissatisfaction in obese women. Journal of Social Issues & Humanities, 2 (1), 187-190.

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

The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy on reducing anxiety symptoms and body image dissatisfaction in obese women. This semi-experimental study has control and experimental groups with pre-test, post-test, and follow-up. The study population included all women who were obese at Isfahan in 2012-2013, based on random sampling of 30 obese women who went to Sepahan health clinic in Isfahan, their score in Fisher's body image test was 46 to 138 and their score in Beck Anxiety Inventory was 17 to 63. They were randomly assigned to two groups of 15. The treatment (Acceptance and Commitment Approach) experiment on the group, eight sessions of two-hour once a week took, control group and they did not receive any training. In order to test the research hypothesis, analysis of variance with repeated measures was used. The results showed that the independent variable is effective in reducing anxiety and reducing body image dissatisfaction. Approach in terms of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) leads to reduced body image dissatisfaction (p<0.01, F=38.03) and anxiety (F=3.28, p<.0.05) in obese women.

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