Review available ACT-measures (01-02-2015)

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In October 2015 our systematic review on available ACT-measures (+ 50!) was published in the Dutch Journal of Psychiatry (“New generation behaviour therapy; new generation assessment measures; a review of currently available assessment measures”). Of course, we would like to share our findings with the international CBS-community as well; so we decided to post a brief excerpt of the relevant finding here on the ACBS-website, hoping this could be of use to this community (see attachment below for the full-overview).

Warm regards,

Tim Batink
 


New generation behaviour therapy; new generation assessment measures; a review of currently available assessment measures.

T. BATINK, G. JANSEN, F.P.M.L. PEETERS

BACKGROUND
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a relatively new form of behaviour therapy, which has Relational Frame Theory (RFT) as its theoretical foundation. Since ACT is not aimed primarily at reducing psychopathological symptoms, changes are likely to be needed in the nature and purpose of the assessment measures used.

AIM
To provide an up-to-date overview of ACT-measures that are suitable for use with adults and that will assist clinicians and researchers.

METHOD
We performed a systematic review of the literature.

RESULTS
More than 50 ACT-related questionnaires were identified; which will be listed per ACT-component (supplemented with reference).

CONCLUSION
Clinicians and researchers with an interest in ACT have many measures at their disposal. Most of these are available free of charge.

SHORT EXCERPT
In October 2015, a systematic review on available ACT-measures was published in the Dutch Journal of Psychiatry. The current document serves as a brief excerpt of the relevant findings for the international community. We began this review with searches in ACT oriented sources: the website of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS; http://contextualscience.org), the mailing list of the ACBS and Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science (JCBS). As search terms 'questionnaire', 'scale' and 'test' were used. Subsequently, we applied this same approach in the PubMed with 'acceptance' and 'commitment' as additional search terms. This resulted in 58 questionnaires (February 2015). Below, we will give an overview of these questionnaires, classified per ACT-component and specific problem areas / disorders. Additionally, a list with the full-names of the questionnaires with a core-reference will be provided, completed with a full reference list. Please use to reference below, when citing this overview.

Original source: Batink, T., Jansen, G., & Peeters, F. (2015). Nieuwe generatie gedragstherapie, nieuwe generatie meetinstrumenten; een overzicht van beschikbare ACT-meetinstrumenten [New generation behaviour therapy; new generation assessment measures; a review of currently available assessment measures]. Tijdschrift voor Psychiatrie, 57, pp 739-748.

Author correspondence: Tim Batink (tim.batink@maastrichtuniversity.nl)
 


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