A process-based analysis of cognitive defusion in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Assaz, Daniel, Tyndall, Ian, Oshiro, Claudia and Roche, Bryan (2022) A process-based analysis of cognitive defusion in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Behaviour Therapy. ISSN 0005-7894 (In Press)

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Cognitive defusion is among the main components of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), a contextual behavioral approach to psychotherapy. Defusion serves as a middle-level term, and, as such, may be useful for applying and disseminating behavior science, despite its lower precision. However, some authors argue that for middle-level terms in psychotherapy to be useful to clinicians, they need to be clearly linked to basic behavioral concepts, with higher precision; and that this is not currently the case with defusion. Our objective is to increase the pragmatic utility of the concept of “cognitive defusion” by providing a more nuanced, multi-faceted and process-based definition of the term. In order to do this, we surveyed the ACT literature regarding defusion and critically examined it through the lens of conceptual analysis. This culminated in a revised and updated conceptualization of defusion in terms of its relationship to basic behavioral concepts, in which defusion is an outcome that may be achieved through different processes.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Acceptance and commitment therapy, ACT, cognitive defusion, middle-level terms, behavioural processes
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Academic Areas > Institute of Education, Social and Life Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: Ian Tyndall
Date Deposited: 21 Jun 2022 13:52
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2022 13:52
URI: https://eprints.chi.ac.uk/id/eprint/6333

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