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Geon Min Lee 1 Article
Effects of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy on Job-Seeking Stress, Self-Efficacy, Experiential Avoidance, Depression, and Anxiety
Geon Min Lee, Hyun Kyun Shin
STRESS. 2022;30(4):277-287.   Published online December 30, 2022
DOI: https://doi.org/10.17547/kjsr.2022.30.4.277
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Background
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is an effective intervention for stress, self-efficacy, and experiential avoidance. The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of ACT on job-seeking stress, self-efficacy, experiential avoidance, depression, and anxiety.
Methods
University students suffering from job-seeking stress were recruited for this study. They were randomly assigned to an experimental group (12 students) and a wait-list control group (10 students). The ACT program consisted of six 120-minute sessions conducted twice a week for three weeks. A pre-test, post-test, and follow-up test (4 weeks after the final session) were administered.
Results
In the experimental group, positive significant effects were identified for all variables, and these effects were maintained at the time of the follow-up test. In the wait-list control group, a temporary positive effect was identified for job-seeking stress and self-efficacy, but had disappeared by the follow-up test; no changes were identified for the remaining variables.
Conclusions
The significance of this study is confirmed that ACT is effective not only stress but also for job-seeking stress and other variables.

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