Date of Award

8-1-2012

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Behavior Analysis and Therapy

First Advisor

Dixon, Mark

Abstract

Over the past few decades, researchers have been developing computerized data collection systems in order to find a more efficient alternative to traditional paper and pencil data recording. Although there have been many successful developments, these programs often have limited applications. Currently, there are no electronic data collection systems targeted towards Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) that objectively record both therapist and client behavior. The purpose of the current study was to develop a direct observation, partial interval recording iPad application for ACT that surpasses traditional methods in both accuracy and efficiency. The current study compared the iPad application (ACT Observer) to the paper and pencil version of a data collection system designed to measure treatment integrity. Findings from this study suggest that ACT Observer is a suitable replacement for paper and pencil data collection. Data analysis using ACT Observer is more accurate and efficient than traditional methods of measuring treatment integrity in ACT.

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