Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Anxiety Disorders: Different Treatments, Similar Mechanisms?
Article first published online: 23 OCT 2008
© 2008 American Psychological Association
Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice
Volume 15, Issue 4, pages 263–279, December 2008
How to Cite
Arch, J. J. and Craske, M. G. (2008), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Anxiety Disorders: Different Treatments, Similar Mechanisms?. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 15: 263–279. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-2850.2008.00137.x
- Issue published online: 23 OCT 2008
- Article first published online: 23 OCT 2008
- Received August 24, 2007; accepted November 5, 2007.
- acceptance and commitment therapy;
- anxiety disorders;
- cognitive behavioral therapy;
- treatment mechanisms
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) researchers and scholars carry assumptions about the characteristics of these therapies, and the extent to which they differ from one another. This article examines proposed differences between CBT and ACT for anxiety disorders, including aspects of treatment components, processes, and outcomes. The general conclusion is that the treatments are more similar than distinct. Potential treatment mediators and issues related to the identification of mediators are considered in depth, and directions for future research are explored.