ACT for Stress

  • Frank W. Bond


The purpose of this chapter is to show how Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT; Hayes, Strosahl, & Wilson, 1999) can be used to reduce stress. Stress has generally been conceptualized as a relational context in which people believe that a particular event threatens their well being, because they evaluate it as taxing, or exceeding, their coping resources (e.g., Lazarus & Folkman, 1984). Based on this view, stress interventions have either targeted the stressor (the event itself) or the evaluation of the stressor as a threat to well-being and one’s ability to cope with it. While primarily focused on the latter target, ACT can be used to address them both.


Experiential Avoidance Avoidant Coping Assessment Rate Psychological Flexibility Private Event 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2004

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