Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

Department of Physical Education

Language

English

Abstract

Promoting health behavior change presents an important challenge to theory and research in the field of health psychology. In this paper, we introduce a context-driven approach, the Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) model which is built on Relational Frame Theory. The ACT-based intervention aims to promote individuals’ new health behavior patterns through the improvement of the key construct of psychological flexibility, which is defined as the ability to contact the present moment more fully with acceptance and mindfulness as a conscious human being. Building on the psychological flexibility model, implemented through the six core ACT processes, individuals improve maintenance of long term health behavior change through committed acts in service of chosen values while acknowledging and accepting the existence of contrary thoughts, rules, and emotions as part of themselves but not determinant of their behaviors. Taking advantage of this context-driven approach of health behavior change, we recommend researchers and practitioners to design their health behavior change intervention programs based on ACT.

Keywords

ACT, behavior change, behavior maintenance, psychological flexibility, relational frame theory

Publication Date

1-2018

Source Publication Title

Frontiers in Psychology

Volume

8

Issue

2350

Publisher

Frontiers Media

Copyright

© 2018 Zhang, Leeming, Smith, Chung, Hagger and Hayes.

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

DOI

10.3389/fpsyg.2017.02350

Link to Publisher's Edition

http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2017.02350

ISSN (electronic)

16641078

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