A brief acceptance and commitment intervention for work‐related stress and burnout amongst frontline homelessness staff: A single case experimental design series

Reeve, Andy, Moghaddam, Nima, Tickle, Anna and Young, Dave (2021) A brief acceptance and commitment intervention for work‐related stress and burnout amongst frontline homelessness staff: A single case experimental design series. Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy . ISSN 1099-0879

Full content URL: https://doi.org/10.1002/cpp.2555

Documents
A brief acceptance and commitment intervention for work‐related stress and burnout amongst frontline homelessness staff: A single case experimental design series
Published Open Access manuscript
[img]
[Download]
[img]
Preview
PDF
cpp.2555 [open access].pdf - Whole Document
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International.

3MB
Item Type:Article
Item Status:Live Archive

Abstract

Purpose
Recent intervention research for burnout amongst those working in health and social care contexts has found acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) interventions to be of use but has provided less clarity on the role of psychological flexibility (a key ACT construct). This study further evaluated the usefulness of ACT for burnout and work-engagement and assessed the role of psychological flexibility in contributing to therapeutic change.

Procedure
A nonconcurrent multiple-baseline across-participants single-case experimental design was used. Four participants were recruited from a homelessness organization in the East Midlands, England. The ACT-intervention was split into three modules to reflect the three aspects of the ACT triflex, and the sequence of delivery was randomized for each participant in order to test the relationship between these aspects.

Findings
Support was found for the ACT intervention reducing exhaustion and increasing work-engagement. Psychological Flexibility increased in all participants and was temporally related to increases in other outcome variables in some instances. Delivery of the intervention focussed on any given aspect of the ACT triflex could increase different domains of psychological flexibility.

Implications
This study adds to the growing body of research in favour of ACT interventions for burnout and adds to the understanding of psychological flexibility as a mediating variable.

Keywords:Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, burnout, Homelessness, psychological flexibility, work-related stress
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C811 Occupational Psychology
C Biological Sciences > C840 Clinical Psychology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Psychology
ID Code:45193
Deposited On:14 Jun 2021 13:40

Repository Staff Only: item control page