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A behavioral intervention to reduce the affects of stigma (ACT).

Psychological inflexibility is a psychological process that can be used to explain how stigma affects us. Recent research (Krafft, Feerrell, Levin, & Twohig, 2017) indicates that distress experienced in reaction to stigmitization is less when those experiencing stigmitization are more “psychologically flexible.” Psychological flexibility is a a mid-level construct frequently used in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT; Hayes, Strosahl, & Wilson, 1999) that refers to adaptive flexibility in behavioral repitoire, particularly in the face of distress or barriers.

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