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Title: The impact of a focused acceptance and commitment training workplace intervention : is less, less?
Author: Archer, Rob
ISNI:       0000 0004 7963 9738
Awarding Body: Kingston University
Current Institution: Kingston University
Date of Award: 2018
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Nearly two decades of research has supported the effectiveness of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy when applied to the workplace. Known as Acceptance and Commitment Training (ACT) in workplace settings, research has shown promising results for both health and performance. The purpose of this study is to provide a systematic review of ACT training interventions in the workplace. Our review identified 14 studies that met the criteria specified. Findings indicate that approaches to the implementation of ACT vary. To date, only public sector and voluntary populations have been targeted in earnest. There are encouraging signs in terms of ACT's ability to ameliorate distress in working populations, particularly with high-stress populations. There is also evidence that ACT can be effective in improving a wide range of performance-related outcomes. This fits the theory behind ACT - that it targets the fundamental processes of both human suffering and effectiveness. The evidence is broadly supportive that ACT training is effective because it improves psychological flexibility - a key process or mechanism of change in human flourishing. Due to the variety of implementation in terms of the content and design of interventions, it is not possible to draw firm conclusions about the most effective format of ACT training. In future it may be necessary to experiment with shorter interventions to see if they can still yield positive outcomes, whilst maintaining clarity over the mechanisms of change. Further research may also be required with different cohorts, in particular looking at its efficacy when implemented across whole organisations.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Acceptance and commitment therapy ; Workplace ; Resilience training ; Stress management ; Systematic Review