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ERIC Number: EJ844315
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1555-7855
The Evolution of a Contextual Approach to Therapy: From Comprehensive Distancing to ACT
Zettle, Robert D.
International Journal of Behavioral Consultation and Therapy, v1 n2 p77-89 Spr 2005
This paper traces the developmental history of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) from its beginning as comprehensive distancing to its current form and status. It is maintained that technical differences between the two approaches are overshadowed by ones of conceptualization. Comprehensive distancing emerged from efforts to extend Skinner's work on verbal behavior and rule-governance to clinical phenomena, while relational frame theory as a post-Skinnerian account of human language has served as the conceptual foundation for ACT. Possible research strategies to further clarify conceptual differences between the two approaches are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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