Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for women affected by HIV,  Pain and Sexual abuse. A pilot study in Sierra Leone

University essay from Uppsala universitet/Institutionen för psykologi


The consequences of war and conflict on mental health remain long after the events are over. Several publications and reports highlight the need for effective and cost-effective treatments targeting mental ill-health in war affected low-income countries. This study investigated the effects of a two-session Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) intervention on quality of life, psychological flexibility and Steps taken in valued direction. Participants were women (N=6) seeking help for HIV, Pain and Sexual abuse at a Non Governmental Organization in Sierra Leone. A single case design with repeated measures and pre, mid, and post-measures was used. Results show support for the interventions effect on Quality of Life and Steps taken in valued direction. Due to the small sample size in this pilot study the significance of the findings is limited.

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