Date of Award

5-1-2018

Degree Name

Master of Science in Education

Department

Rehabilitation

First Advisor

Dixon, Mark

Abstract

The purpose of the present study is to examine the relationship among psychological flexibility, mindfulness, and goal-directed behaviors controlled by executive function, as measured by the Avoidance and Fusion Questionnaire for Youth (AFQ-Y), the Child and Adolescent Mindfulness Measure (CAMM), and the Comprehensive Executive Function Inventory (CEFI). Participants completed the AFQ-Y, CAMM, and CEFI as part of a Midwestern alternative school’s curriculum. Data was collected for 30 participants (male = 28, female = 2) with approval from the school. The results indicate a significant relationship between the AFQ-Y and CAMM (r = -0.7711, p < 0.0001), CAMM and CEFI (r = -0.3226; p = 0.0821), AFQ-Y and the emotion regulation subscale (r = -0.5018; p = 0.0047), as well as the working memory subscale of the CEFI (r = -0.3622; p = 0.0492), and the CAMM and the emotion regulation subscale (r = 0.494; p = 0.0055), organization subscale (r = 0.3723; p = 0.0427), and working memory subscale (r = 0.4725; p = 0.0084). The results are beneficial for clinicians who specialize in providing treatment to children and adolescents with development disabilities and various other disorders. Limitations and future research are also discussed within the current study.

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