CHFA | Psychology Department Showcase: Completed Projects

Title

The Effectiveness of an ACT App in Promoting Wellbeing and Psychological Flexibility

Academic Level at Time of Presentation

Senior

Major

Psychology/Applied Behavior Analysis

Minor

Nonprofit Leadership Studies

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Michael Bordieri, PhD

Presentation Format

Oral Presentation

Abstract/Description

While mental health apps could potentially increase access to mental health resources, only 3.05% of depression and anxiety apps on the Apple App store had published research support as of 2018 (Marshall et al., 2019). The present study aims to evaluate an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) mental health app. ACT aims to cultivate psychological flexibility, the ability to fully experience and accept one’s present context while engaging in behavior that aligns with one’s values (Hayes et al., 2006). Gloster et al. (2020) reviewed ACT metanalyses and found it to be efficacious for a range of conditions. Additionally, Wersebe et al. (2018) found increases in psychological flexibility to be positively associated with increases in wellbeing during an ACT self-help intervention. Because higher levels of wellbeing may be protective against the development of psychopathology (Grant et al., 2013; Wood & Joseph, 2010), an effective ACT app could benefit individuals with and without symptoms of mental illness. “ACT Coach” will be evaluated for effectiveness in promoting psychological flexibility and wellbeing while simultaneously examining levels of depression, anxiety, and stress in a college student sample. Participants have been randomized to an experimental app group and a waitlist control group, and data collection is in progress. Hypotheses include that the experimental app group will show greater increases in psychological flexibility and wellbeing and greater decreases in depression, anxiety, and stress. It is also hypothesized that those higher in self-compassion at pre-intervention will report a longer duration of app use.

Location

Waterfield Gallery

Start Date

November 2021

End Date

November 2021

Fall Scholars Week 2021 Event

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The Effectiveness of an ACT App in Promoting Wellbeing and Psychological Flexibility

Waterfield Gallery

While mental health apps could potentially increase access to mental health resources, only 3.05% of depression and anxiety apps on the Apple App store had published research support as of 2018 (Marshall et al., 2019). The present study aims to evaluate an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) mental health app. ACT aims to cultivate psychological flexibility, the ability to fully experience and accept one’s present context while engaging in behavior that aligns with one’s values (Hayes et al., 2006). Gloster et al. (2020) reviewed ACT metanalyses and found it to be efficacious for a range of conditions. Additionally, Wersebe et al. (2018) found increases in psychological flexibility to be positively associated with increases in wellbeing during an ACT self-help intervention. Because higher levels of wellbeing may be protective against the development of psychopathology (Grant et al., 2013; Wood & Joseph, 2010), an effective ACT app could benefit individuals with and without symptoms of mental illness. “ACT Coach” will be evaluated for effectiveness in promoting psychological flexibility and wellbeing while simultaneously examining levels of depression, anxiety, and stress in a college student sample. Participants have been randomized to an experimental app group and a waitlist control group, and data collection is in progress. Hypotheses include that the experimental app group will show greater increases in psychological flexibility and wellbeing and greater decreases in depression, anxiety, and stress. It is also hypothesized that those higher in self-compassion at pre-intervention will report a longer duration of app use.