Inefficient emotion regulation and negative mood states play significant roles in adolescent’s neuroses.
The current study aimed at investigating the effects of group-based acceptance and commitment therapy on the adolescent’s emotional regulation and mood states.
The present quasi-experimental study was conducted on all adolescents of Sadiq-al-Vaed socio-cultural Center of Tehran, Iran. The subjects included 26 adolescents selected by convenience sampling. The experimental group received acceptance and commitment therapy in eight 75-minute sessions. For data analysis, SPSS software version 20 was employed using repeated measures tests at 0.05 significance level.
According to the obtained results, a significant decrease was observed in suppression (P=0.01), depression (P= 0.001), tension (P= 0.001), confusion (P=0.001), and fatigue (P=0.02) subscales after psychotherapy in post-test and follow-up. The effects lasted in the two-month follow-up period (P >0.05).
According to the study findings, this therapy method can improve emotion regulation and mood state in adolescents and can be used as an effective intervention.