The Effectiveness of Group Counseling Based on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy on Body Image and Self-Esteem of Female University Students

Document Type : Original Article


1 kharazmi uni

2 kharazmi University


Purpose: The aim of the current study was the determination of the effectiveness of group counseling based on the treatment of acceptance and commitment on the body image and self-esteem of female students. Methods: Method was quasi-experimental with pretest-posttest and follow-up with a control group. Statistical population include female students of Kharazmi University. Using convenient sampling method, 24 people were selected from them and randomly assigned to two experimental (n = 12) and control (n = 12) groups. The number of members in the experimental group was reduced to 8, and therefore 8 people were included in both groups. The research instruments were the Self-Esteem Scale Questionnaire (Rosenberg, 1965) and the Multidimensional Questionnaire on Relationships with the Body (Cash, 2000). The experimental group received acceptance and commitment therapy-based group counseling for 15 sessions. The duration of each session was 2 hours. Data were analyzed using repeated measures ANOVA. Results: The results showed that there was a significant difference between the experimental and control group in terms of body image. There was also a significant difference in self-esteem between the two groups. These results were also consistent at the follow-up stage. Conclusion: It can be said that group counseling based on acceptance and commitment therapy improves girls 'self-image and self-esteem and can be used to improve problems related to girls' self-image and self-respect.


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