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   2011, Vol. 19 Issue (7) : 1020-1026     DOI:
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The Theoretical Background, Empirical Study and Future Development of the Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
ZENG Xiang-Long;LIU Xiang-Ping;YU Shi
School of Psychology, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875, China
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Abstract  Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) was brought forward by Steven C. Hayes in the 1990s. As one of the “third wave” of behavior therapies based on mindfulness skill, ACT takes functional contextualism as its underlying philosophy, and engages in empirical research on cognition and language to enhance the mental flexibility of clients through striking a balance between change-oriented strategy and acceptance-oriented strategy. Clinical studies have demonstrated ACT’s effectiveness in a wide range of clinical problems, and its superiority in contrast to traditional therapies including CBT. Further studies of ACT could be done on its clinical efficacy and technical details, as well as the combination with CBT and the non-clinical uses.
Keywords acceptance and commitment therapy      mindfulness      cognitive-behavioral therapy      third wave of behavioral therapy      clinical research     
Corresponding Authors: LIU Xiang-Ping   
Issue Date: 15 July 2011
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ZENG Xiang-Long,LIU Xiang-Ping,YU Shi. The Theoretical Background, Empirical Study and Future Development of the Acceptance and Commitment Therapy[J]. , 2011, 19(7): 1020-1026.
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