Association for Behavior Analysis International

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33rd Annual Convention; San Diego, CA; 2007

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Symposium #392
The Words that Bind Us: Clinical Issues and RFT II
Monday, May 28, 2007
1:30 PM–2:20 PM
Edward C
Area: CBM/VRB; Domain: Applied Research
Chair: Laura Ely (University of Mississippi)
Abstract: Relational Frame Theory (RFT) is a behavior analytic account of language and cognition with a number of applications to the understanding of human suffering. The studies in this symposium explore how the RFT account might contribute to the understanding of difficulties common to a number of adult clinical presentations: delusional beliefs, mood disturbances, academic distress, and social categorization. Implications for treatment will be discussed.
Cognitive Defusion and Psychological Flexibility with Self-Relevant Academic Distress Stimuli.
LAURA ELY (University of Mississippi), Kelly G. Wilson (University of Mississippi)
Abstract: Believability and discomfort of academic distress related thoughts (e.g., “I am a failure”) were rated pre- and post-intervention by undergraduates with a GPA < 2.50. Interventions were an ACT cognitive defusion exercise, a thought control exercise, or a no-instruction distraction condition. Psychological flexibility was explored pre- and post-intervention using academic distress and academic success stimuli in an Implicit Relational Assessment Procedure (IRAP).
Delusions: Implicit or Explicit Belief Conviction?
PATRICIA BACH (Illinois Institute of Technology), Kimberly Westercamp (Illinois Institute of Technology)
Abstract: Research on delusional beliefs has addressed belief conviction and belief formation and maintenance, yet few, if any, studies have examined individuals’ implicit attitudes towards delusional content. The current study explores the explicit and implicit attitudes of persons with delusion beliefs towards factual self-referential historical content versus delusional content using the Implicit Relational Assessment Procedure (IRAP) to explore whether explicit beliefs regarding accurate and false beliefs are also implicitly held. A functional contextual account of psychosis as contrasted with a social cognitive theory of delusional beliefs will be described and treatment implications discussed.
Investigation of the Implicit Relational Assessment Procedure as a Clinical Tool.
SCOTT BETHAY (University of Mississippi), Emily Kennison Sandoz (University of Mississippi), Kelly G. Wilson (University of Mississippi)
Abstract: Clients seeking individual psychotherapy in a community clinic were administered the Implicit Relational Assessment Procedure (IRAP) as a measure of psychological flexibility at weekly appointments. The relationship between IRAP performance and treatment progress was evaluated using self-report, self-monitored, and qualitative data. Implications for clinical use will be discussed.
Spirituality and Relational Frame Theory.
LEIGH EVERETT (University of Mississippi), Jonathan Weinstein (University of Mississippi), Chad Drake (University of Mississippi), Kate Kellum (University of Mississippi), Kelly G. Wilson (University of Mississippi)
Abstract: The purpose of this talk is to describe a process involving the use of stories, allegories and metaphors to influence responding on a behavioral measure of social categorization. A conceptual analysis with preliminary data will be provided.



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