Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award

1-1-2019

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Ph.D. in Psychology

First Advisor

Kelly Wilson

Second Advisor

Alan Gross

School

University of Mississippi

Relational Format

dissertation/thesis

Abstract

Graduate students report to experience distress at high rates. Research suggests that self-care behaviors such as sleep exercise and mindfulness practice can helpful for mental health and wellbeing. The current study examined the effectiveness of a brief Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) based intervention on increasing self-care behaviors in distressed graduate students at the University of Mississippi (N=7). The intervention was delivered in three 60-minute individual sessions. The effects of the intervention were examined using a concurrent multiple baseline across participants design. Results indicated that five out of seven participants showed increases in self-reported self-care behaviors after the start of the intervention and three maintained their gains in the post-intervention period. Implications of these findings for distressed graduate students are discussed.

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