Author(s):Lance M. McCracken, Miles Thompson
Outlet:Encyclopedia of Pain
Abstract Summary:From the introduction:
The word acceptance has philosophical and religious roots that span millennia. In more contemporary times, it appears within many varied approaches to psychological therapy and has become increasingly prominent (Williams and Lynn 2010-2011). Within the field of chronic pain, however, the term most frequently appears in association with the form of cognitive behavioral therapy called Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) where acceptance is one of six interconnected processes (Hayes et al. 2006; Hayes et al. 1999; Ruiz 2010). ACT is a contextual cognitive behavioral therapy and, in common with other approaches such as Mindfulness (Kabat-Zinn 1990) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (Linehan 1993), it emphasizes behavior change and qualities of daily functioning rather than symptom reduction
Keyword(s):Acceptance, Willingness, Pain
Reference:McCracken, L. M., & Thompson, M. (2013). Acceptance. In R. F. Schmidt & G. F. Gebhart (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Pain, 2nd edition (pp. 5-8). Berlin: Springer.
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