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Evaluating an adjunctive mobile app to enhance psychological flexibility in acceptance and commitment therapy
Behavior modification
  • Michael E. Levin, Utah State University
  • Jack Haeger, Utah State University
  • Benjamin Pierce, Utah State University
  • Rick Cruz, Utah State University
Document Type
Article
Publisher
SAGE Publications
Publication Date
7-1-2017
Abstract

The primary aims of this study were to evaluate the feasibility and potential efficacy of a novel adjunctive mobile app designed to enhance the acquisition, strengthening, and generalization of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) skills being taught in therapy. A sample of 14 depressed/anxious clients receiving ACT used the ACT Daily app for two weeks in a pre-post, open trial design. Participants reported a high degree of program satisfaction. Clients significantly improved over the two-week period on depression and anxiety symptoms as well as a range of psychological inflexibility measures. Analyses of mobile app data indicated effects of ACT Daily skill coaching on in-the-moment measures of inflexibility and symptoms, with unique effects found for acceptance and mindfulness. Adjunctive ACT mobile apps appear promising in enhancing therapy effects on psychological inflexibility and outcomes. A tailored skill coaching approach like ACT Daily based on randomly prompted assessments may be especially promising.

Citation Information
Levin, Michael & Haeger, Jack & Pierce, Benjamin & Cruz, Rick. (2017). Evaluating an Adjunctive Mobile App to Enhance Psychological Flexibility in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Behavior modification. 145445517719661. 10.1177/0145445517719661.