Tejal Shah


The present research is a critical analysis of the psychology literature on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) as a treatment for individuals with Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD). The primary purpose of this study is to provide a comprehensive overview of the existing body of literature in the application of ACT for anxiety disorders generally, and for SAD more specifically, in order to examine the potential utility of ACT as a treatment for SAD. This includes critical analysis and synthesis of major themes in the literature pertinent to this area of inquiry. Furthermore, the study explores the connection between the individual Core Processes of ACT and information processing biases found in individuals with SAD, as a means to further understand and map out the potential therapeutic benefits with this particular population. This project additionally provides recommendations for future areas of study on the topic of ACT as an intervention for SAD.

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Dissertations (PsyD) -- Psychology; Social phobia--Treatment; Acceptance and commitment therapy

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Graduate School of Education and Psychology



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Woo, Stephanie;