Effectiveness of group acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) on school anxiety and resilience among high school Students

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Effectiveness of group acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) on school anxiety and resilience among high school Students

Saeed Habibollahi, Farah Naderi, Ahmad Abedi, Mohammad Mahdi Mazaheri
J. Bio. Env. Sci.7( 1), 557-563, July 2015.
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This study is to review the effectiveness of group acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) on school anxiety and resilience among high school students. Current study uses empirical method with pre-test post-test framework and a control group. Participants include all boy high school students from Najaf Abad town; sample size includes 60 students (two 30-student groups) that are selected by an accidental multistage sampling method. We used Philips School Anxiety Survey and Conner and Davidson Resilience Scale. At first pretest was taken from two groups and then intervention group received group acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) during 8 sessions and control group received no method of therapy. Analyzing data by SPSS-19 and multivariate analysis of covariance (MANCOVA) showed that there is a significant difference between pretest and posttest scores of intervention group and control group (P<0/001). Group acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) may be a helpful method of therapy to improve school anxiety and student’s resilience and therapists and consultants can use this method of therapy to decrease school anxiety and improve students’ resilience.


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