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Tobias Lundgren, Gustaf Reinebo, Markus Näslund, and Thomas Parling

Due to advances in behavioral research during the last decades, the “third wave” or “third generation” of cognitive and behavioral therapies emerged in clinical psychology. The third wave puts emphasis on acceptance, mindfulness, attention and values as possible processes of behavioral change

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Matthew Jenkins, Elaine A. Hargreaves, and Ken Hodge

being, and to change or persist in behavior when doing so serves valued ends” ( Hayes, Luoma, Bond, Masuda, & Lillis, 2006 , p. 7). It is a multifaceted construct, consisting of six processes: contact with the present moment, acceptance, cognitive defusion, self-as-context, value clarification, and

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Mark Eys, Mark R. Beauchamp, Michael Godfrey, Kim Dawson, Todd M. Loughead, and Robert J. Schinke

anecdotal (e.g.,  Young, 2017 ) and academic sources (e.g.,  Biddle, 1979 ; Carron & Eys, 2012 ; Stevens, 2002 ) support the potential importance of role acceptance. The introductory quote from National Basketball Association player Carmelo Anthony is a notable example of a player reflecting on, and

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Zachary L. Mannes, Erin G. Ferguson, Nicole Ennis, Deborah S. Hasin, and Linda B. Cottler

, pain acceptance is a strong correlate of pain severity and is particularly amenable to clinical intervention ( Hughes et al., 2017 ). Pain acceptance, that is, a willingness to experience pain and participation in value-consistent behaviors despite ongoing pain, is an important cognitive experience

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Matthew Jenkins, Elaine A. Hargreaves, and Ken Hodge

crucial in efforts to promote PA within the wider population ( Biddle & Nigg, 2000 ). Evidence also points to the processes of acceptance and commitment (derived from the larger construct of psychological flexibility), as being supports for long-term PA, which some researchers have ascribed to the

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Yongjae Kim, Soojin Kim, and Elizabeth Rogol

the daily lives of today’s consumers. In particular, smartphones have received global acceptance, which is expected to reach 2.16 billion users and estimated to reach 198.5 million by 2016 in the United States ( Statista, 2015 ). More than two thirds of Americans own a smartphone ( Smith, 2015 ) and

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Marjorie Bernier, Emilie Thienot, Romain Codron, and Jean F. Fournier

The two studies included herein discuss mindfulness and acceptance in sport performance. Based on exploratory interviews with elite swimmers, Study 1 showed that optimal performance, or “flow,” states reveal similar characteristics to mindfulness and acceptance states. In flow experiences, the elite swimmers described that they had been particularly mindful of their bodily sensations and accepted them. In Study 2, mindfulness and acceptance were integrated into a psychological skills training program for seven young elite golfers. The program, based on mindfulness and acceptance, contributed to performance enhancement in competition. Participants improved the efficacy of their routines by seeking more relevant internal and external information. The results of both studies corroborated those of previous studies dealing with mindfulness and acceptance in sport. Together, these studies enhance the applicability and efficacy of these approaches with athletic clientele.

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Barbara Teetor Waite, Bruce Gansneder, and Robert J. Robert

This study represents a first step in the development and validation of a measure of sport-specific self-acceptance. Phase 1 of this study involved instrument design and pilot testing. In Phase 2 a random sample of Division I collegiate athletes (N=131) were asked to complete the Self-Acceptance Scale for Athletes (SASA) as well as measures of general self-acceptance self-esteem, stability of self-concept, and sport-specific self-description (i.e., perceived competence/adequacy). Test-retest coefficients ranged from 62 to .75 and alpha coefficients ranged from .58 to .80. Factor analysis suggests two factors, independence of self-regard and self-accepting self-regard representing the two dimensions of self-acceptance measured in the SASA. Scores on the SASA have moderate correlations with general self-acceptance, self-esteem, and stability of self-concept. A significantly stronger relationship between self-esteem and perceived competence/adequacy than between self-acceptance and perceived competence/adequacy suggests that the SASA is able to discriminate between these closely related constructs

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David Price, Christopher R.D. Wagstaff, and Richard C. Thelwell

lens for practice was also influenced by my academic experiences and my desire for a clear framework ( Tod, 2007 ). Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a term that is used to describe a diverse group of approaches (e.g., cognitive therapy, rational emotive behavioral therapy, acceptance and

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Jessica M. Lutkenhouse

The present case study illustrates the treatment of a 19-year-old female lacrosse player, classified as experiencing Performance Dysfunction (Pdy) by the Multilevel Classification System for Sport Psychology (MCS-SP). The self-referred collegiate athlete was treated using the manualized Mindfulness-Acceptance-Commitment (MAC) protocol (Gardner & Moore, 2004a, 2007). The intervention consisted of eight individual sessions and several follow-up contacts via e-mail. The majority of the sessions addressed clinically related and sport-related concerns, including difficulties in emotion regulation and problematic interpersonal relationships. Based on self-report, coach report, and one outcome assessment measure, the psychological intervention resulted in enhanced overall behavioral functioning and enhanced athletic performance. This case study suggests that following careful case formulation based on appropriate assessment and interview data, the MAC intervention successfully targeted the clearly defined psychological processes underlying the athlete’s performance concerns and personal obstacles, thus resulting in enhanced well-being and athletic performance improvements.