DEVELOPMENT OF ACCEPTANCE AND COMMITMENT GROUP THERAPY TREATMENT MANUAL FOR WEIGHTRELATED STRUGGLES FOR MALAYSIANS: A QUALITATIVE PILOT STUDY
Received 2022-08-29; Accepted 2023-02-27; Published 2023-03-21
This study aimed to develop an Acceptance and Commitment Group Therapy (ACT-G) treatment manual for treating weight-related struggles by modifying and culturally adapting an existing self-help book, “The Diet Trap”. The research methodology comprised of two phases: (a) development of the treatment manual and (b) evaluation of the feasibility of the treatment manual using a pilot trial. First, the modification and cultural adaptation of the training manual was adopted based on the Psychotherapy Adaptation and Modification Framework (PAMF) (Hwang et al., 2006). Next, the modified and culturally adapted treatment manual was evaluated for its feasibility and effectiveness through experts’ feedback and focus group interview. The overall findings revealed that the treatment manual was straightforward and relatable to the Malaysian values and beliefs and promising in understanding the risk factors of weight gain and ways of living a healthy and meaningful life.
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