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The relationship between experiential avoidance, experiential avoidance in demanding and daily situations and depression within the Twente region in the Netherlands.

Meyer, J.J. (2017) The relationship between experiential avoidance, experiential avoidance in demanding and daily situations and depression within the Twente region in the Netherlands.

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Abstract:Orientation: It is already known, that experiential avoidance in the long-term predicts depression. However, when experiential avoidance is regarded in the short-term context of daily, demanding situations, it might initially be negatively related to depression as it avoids negative affect of this situation. Research purpose: The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between experiential avoidance, experiential avoidance in demanding, daily situations and depression within the Twente region in the Netherlands. Motivation for the study: This study was conducted in order to specify the effect that experiential avoidance has on depression, depending on the context where it is used. When experiential avoidance is applied to one demanding, daily situation, there exist no research about its relation to depression. In this paper this relation is examined. Research method: A exploratory and descriptive, cross-sectional design was employed with electronic-based online surveys. In order to determine the relationship between the variables, the Pearson Correlation coefficients were computed and a linear regression was conducted. Main findings: It was found that both, experiential avoidance and experiential avoidance in demanding, daily situations, are positively related to depression. Also experiential avoidance and experiential avoidance in demanding, daily situations are positively related to each other. Practical implications: As experiential avoidance is an important construct in therapy, for example in ACT, more research should be done on its occurrence in daily life. Contribution: This study contributes to clinical Psychology through investigating in the relations between experiential avoidance, experiential avoidance in a demanding, daily situation and depression.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/72750
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