The Efficacy of Focused Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (FACT): A Randomized-Control Trial with a Non-Clinical Sample of College Students
Mentor: Dr. Laird Edman
Department of Psychology
Colleges and universities face unique challenges in response to the increased demand for mental health services among students. There is a need for effective, efficient and accessible interventions that prevent and treat common forms of psychological suffering within collegiate populations. This randomized-control trial investigated the efficacy of a Focused Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (FACT) group intervention with a non-clinical sample of college students for the reduction of psychological distress and the promotion of psychological flexibility and overall quality of life. Participants completed four 60-minute weekly group FACT sessions: Finding Leverage, Promoting Awareness, Promoting Openness and Promoting Engagement. These sessions introduced participants to the concept of psychological flexibility, which aims to develop skills in mindfulness, acceptance, and value-based action. Pre-post and 10-week follow-up analysis revealed no statistically significant differences between the experimental and wait-list condition for all measured outcomes. The limitations of this study and future research directions will be discussed.