2014 issue 1


Volume 23, issue 1

Original article

Psychological flexibility, perceived stigma and satisfaction with life of people suffering from epilepsy: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) perspective

Joanna Dudek1, Paweł Ostaszewski1, Wojciech Białaszek1, Stanisław Malicki1
1. Wydział Psychologii, Szkoła Wyższa Psychologii Społecznej
Postępy Psychiatrii i Neurologii 23 (2014) 17–24
Date of publication: 27-03-2014
DOI: 10.1016/j.pin.2014.03.002
Keywords: Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), Psychological flexibility, Stigmatization, Satisfaction with life, Epilepsy


Objectives: Epilepsy is one of the most common neurological disorder with broad impact
on psychological functioning of patients. The main objective of the article is to examine
links between psychological flexibility (PF), perceived stigma and satisfaction with life in
people suffering from epilepsy in Poland. Moreover, we wanted to check if the level of
psychological flexibility moderates their satisfaction with life. Methods: One hundred and
forty four respondents participated in the study (72 respondents suffering from epilepsy).
They were surveyed with the following questionnaires: SWLS, AAQ-II and scale to mea-
sure the perceived stigma. Results: The study showed that the participants suffering from
epilepsy had lower quality of life and lower psychological flexibility while their perceived
stigma level was higher. In addition, it was shown that psychological flexibility can predict
the level of satisfaction with life. Conclusions: The results suggest, that Acceptance and
Commitment Therapy, which is aimed at improving the level of psychological flexibility,
might be a valuable treatment option for people with epilepsy in Poland.

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Adres email: joannaedudek@gmail.com (J. Dudek).