Effectiveness of Acceptance & Commitment Therapy on Depression and Anhedonia among Patients with Terminal Stage Cancer

Document Type : Original Article


1 Assistant professor, department of Counseling and psychology, Farhangian University, Tehran, Iran

2 M.A. in clinical counseling, Azad University of Ahvaz


Introduction: The research aimed to examine effectiveness of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) on depression and anhedonia among patients with terminal stage cancer in Ahvaz.
Method: The statistical population included all patients with terminal stage cancer of Ahvaz among whom 30 were recruited using randomized sampling method. The participants filled out the depression subscale of SCL-90 and Snaith-Hamilton's Anhedonia Questionnaire. The treatment group received 8 weekly sessions of ACT intervention each lasting 90 mins, while the control group received no intervention. The data were analyzed using MANCOVA and ANCOVA.
Results: The results of analyses by MANCOVA and ANCOVA showed that ACT decreased patients' depression and anhedonia.
Conclusion: Generally, it could be concluded that the acceptance and commitment therapy was effective for improving the capability to feel joy among cancer patients facing death and is recommended.


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