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Children 2017, 4(2), 10;

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Pediatric Chronic Pain: Theory and Application

Department of Psychology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131, USA
Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet, SE‐171 76 Stockholm, Sweden
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Received: 4 October 2016 / Accepted: 25 January 2017 / Published: 30 January 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Chronic and Recurrent Pain)
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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a third wave behavior therapy approach which aims to increase engagement in activities that bring meaning, vitality, and value to the lives of individuals experiencing persistent pain, discomfort, or distress. This goal is particularly relevant when these aversive experiences cannot be effectively avoided or when avoidance efforts risk their exacerbation, all of which may be common experiences in children and adolescents with chronic pain conditions. The primary aim of the present paper is to review and summarize the extant literature on the application, utility, and evidence for using ACT with pediatric chronic pain populations by: (1) defining the theoretical assumptions of the ACT model; (2) summarizing research study findings and relevant measures from the published literature; and (3) critically discussing the strengths, limitations and areas in need of further development. View Full-Text
Keywords: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy; ACT; children; adolescents; pediatric; chronic  pain; pain acceptance Acceptance and Commitment Therapy; ACT; children; adolescents; pediatric; chronic  pain; pain acceptance
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Pielech, M.; Vowles, K.E.; Wicksell, R. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Pediatric Chronic Pain: Theory and Application. Children 2017, 4, 10.

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