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2022 : Volume 1, Issue 1

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: A Systematic Review of Psychological Adjustment and Reduction of Psychological Distress Following a Traumatic Brain Injury in Adults

Author(s) s: Tammi R. McCoy, 1 Amanda C Philp 1 and Kelly Kates-McElrath 1

1 Applied Behavior Analysis Department , The Chicago School of Professional Psychology , Illinois

J Addict Psychiatry Ment Health

Article Type : Review Article

This systematic literature review investigated whether Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) intervention facilitates psychological adjustment and reduces psychological distress following a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) in adults. An extraction procedure yielded 12 studies published between 2005 and 2020, with a total of 444 adult subjects diagnosed with a TBI, or a TBI with co-occurring disorders. Across all 12 studies, different measuring tools to measure distress and psychological adjustment were used; however, results indicated ACT’s effectiveness in maximizing acceptance of circumstances through values by targeting avoidance with individuals diagnosed with a TBI. The results are promising, and ACT may be an alternative to medication-based treatments in assisting individuals with TBI and psychological disorders.

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