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A Functional Approach to Implicit and Explicit Attitudes of self-forgiveness: developing a perspective taking training

Grant number: 15/19184-0
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctoral
Effective date (Start): January 01, 2016
Effective date (End): December 31, 2018
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Psychology - Experimental Psychology
Principal Investigator:Antonio Celso de Noronha Goyos
Grantee:Diana Ferroni Bast
Host Institution: Centro de Educação e Ciências Humanas (CECH). Universidade Federal de São Carlos (UFSCAR). São Carlos , SP, Brazil
Associated scholarship(s):16/11362-9 - The effects of perspective taking training on attitudes to autism and on psychological health in ABA tutors, BE.EP.PD


This study aims to investigate a functional analytic model of self-forgiveness based on Relational Frame Theory (RFT) in which self-forgiveness is conceptualized as a repertoire of perspective-taking (deictic) relations in which a person is trained to take perspective on past failures. The current study will involve an RFT-based intervention targeting adult-level perspective-taking skills and directed at taking perspective on perceived real life personal failures. In the current study, 48 adults will be randomly assigned to one of three groups, a no treatment control group, an active group receiving mindfulness instructions (to pay attention in their thoughts without interfering) and an experimental group receiving RFT-based perspective-taking training. Participants will be assessed both pre- and post-intervention using measures of self-forgiveness and psychological health. Regarding the assessment of self-forgiveness, an empirically established RFT-based methodology (the Implicit Relational Assessment Procedure, IRAP) will be used in addition to conventional self-report ("explicit") measures. Mixed group design statistics will be used to compare the effects of the interventions both within and across groups to examine the efficacy of the RFT-based model of self-forgiveness. It is expected that there will be positive changes from pre- to post-intervention for both the perspective-taking and mindfulness groups in comparison with the control group. It is also possible that there may be differences between the perspective-taking and mindfulness groups. This will be the first study to examine the effects of a functional analytically defined perspective taking intervention on multiple indices of psychological health, and as such it is hoped to obtain RFT-level insights that may lead to refinement of current self-forgiveness based approaches.

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(References retrieved automatically from Web of Science and SciELO through information on FAPESP grants and their corresponding numbers as mentioned in the publications by the authors)
ALASIRI, EMAN; BAST, DIANA; KOLTS, RUSSELL L.. ``Using the implicit relational assessment procedure (IRAP) to explore common humanity as a dimension of self-compassion{''}. JOURNAL OF CONTEXTUAL BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE, v. 14, p. 65-72, . (15/19184-0)
ALASIRI, EMAN; BAST, DIANA; KOLTS, RUSSELL L.. "Using the implicit relational assessment procedure (IRAP) to explore common humanity as a dimension of self-compassion". JOURNAL OF CONTEXTUAL BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE, v. 14, p. 8-pg., . (15/19184-0)

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