Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Science


Behavior Analysis and Therapy

First Advisor

Boydston, Paige


The present study examines the impact of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) on adolescents with emotional disabilities. The goal of this study was to shift the participants from a fixed-self view to a flexible self-view. Five adolescent participants were given the Mindfulness Attention Awareness Scale (MAAS) and the Acceptance and Action Questionnaire (AAQ-2) to assess their psychological flexibility as baseline data. After completing the MAAS and the AAQ-2 during baseline, the participants completed ACT interventions multiple times per week. The MAAS and AAQ-2 was readministered daily to gauge changes in psychological flexibility. Results show that psychological flexibility increased in all five participants.Keywords: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), psychological flexibility, fixed self-view, flexible self-view, the Mindfulness Attention Awareness Scale (MAAS), the Acceptance and Action Questionnaire (AAQ-2)




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