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J Behav Ther Exp Psychiatry. 2004 Sep;35(3):245-57.

A preliminary test of the role of experiential avoidance in post-event functioning.

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National Center for PTSD, Women's Health Sciences Division, Boston VA Healthcare System (116B-3), 150 S.Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02130, USA.


Experiential avoidance is the unwillingness to experience unwanted thoughts, emotions, or bodily sensations and an individual's attempts to alter, avoid, or escape those experiences. The aim of the current studies was to broaden previous research indicating that experiential avoidance often leads to the development and maintenance of psychological distress. Results indicated that experiential avoidance is significantly correlated with psychological distress and post-traumatic symptomatology over and above other measures of psychological functioning. Limitations and implications for treatment and prevention of psychological distress are discussed.

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