Publishing RFT research

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Since one of the activities in which many RFT interested folk will be involved in is publishing RFT research then one key objective of the SIG has to do with supporting publication with respect to the review process.

RFT researchers will likely come up against very similar criticisms in the peer review process. Thus one aim of the current space is a place in which people can insert general review feedback that may be of use to others in the future.

If you have any such reviewers feedback it might help others if you could post it below. Please do not post full reviews as that is not the purpose of the page. Instead, it would be helpful if you could give the context of the feedback (e.g., the journal involved, the issue at hand) and some comment as to why you think it might be useful for people to see this feedback.


Reviewer Feedback Issues from Todd Kashdan

Hi all,

For those of you doing research on experiential avoidance, you might be confronted with two reviewer issues that I had to address. Here was their first comment:

"Experiential avoidance is a newish construct to the field. It has not been much used in the growth research but the question I have is what makes it different to the various such coping scales which have been studied for years? We know already from numerous studies that avoidance is generally maladaptive, and that more approach coping styles are related to greater growth? I would have thought that the research needed to be grounded in this literature and what this construct of experiential avoidance is able to add. We need to be shown that this is a genuinely new construct and not just a rebranding of coping."

Their second comment concerned whether and how EA is different from emotional numbing symptoms in people suffering from PTSD.

I am attaching the paper that was recently accepted after handling these two issues. In the introduction, you will find how I handled both concerns. This might be of benefit to others studying ACT related concepts in the context of trauma.

no reason that any of us should not be sharing tips of the trade. One of the reasons I love this community.

btw, you will also notice that this is the third study where I have found evidence for a moderation model between EA and distress to predict quality of life outcomes. I hope other people explore this intriguing synergistic relationship as I know there are existing datasets out there with these variables.