Validation of the Flexibility of Responses to Self-Critical Thoughts Scale (FoReST) in a clinical population

McCluskey, Judith (2016) Validation of the Flexibility of Responses to Self-Critical Thoughts Scale (FoReST) in a clinical population. D Clin Psy thesis, University of Glasgow.

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Background: The Flexibility of Responses to Self-Critical Thoughts Scale (FoReST) is a questionnaire that was developed to assess whether people can be psychologically flexible when experiencing critical thoughts about themselves. This measure could have important application for evaluating third wave therapies such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Compassion Focused therapy (CFT). This study investigated the validity (concurrent, predictive and incremental), internal consistency and factor structure of the FoReST in a sample of people experiencing mental health difficulties.

Method: A total of 132 individuals attending Primary Care and Community Mental Health Teams within NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHS GGC) and Psychological Therapy Teams within NHS Lanarkshire participated in this study. Participants completed a battery of assessments that included the FoReST and related measures of similar constructs (psychological flexibility, self-compassion and self-criticism) and measures of mental health and well-being. A cross-sectional correlational design was used.

Results: An Exploratory factor analysis described an interpretable 2-factor structure within the items of the FoReST: unworkable action and experiential avoidance. The FoReST demonstrated good internal consistency ( = .89). Concurrent validity was supported through moderate to strong correlations with similar measures and moderate correlations with other mental health and well-being outcomes.

Conclusions: The FoReST appears to be a valid assessment measure for using with individuals experiencing mental health difficulties. This new measure will be of use for practitioners using ACT, CFT and those integrating both, to help monitor the process of change in flexibility and self-critical thinking across therapy. Further longitudinal studies are required to assess the test-retest reliability of the FoReST.

Item Type: Thesis (D Clin Psy)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Keywords: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, compassion focused therapy, psychological flexibility, measurement, questionnaires.
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Colleges/Schools: College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Health & Wellbeing > Mental Health and Wellbeing
Supervisor's Name: White, Dr. Ross
Date of Award: 2016
Depositing User: Judith McCluskey
Unique ID: glathesis:2016-7711
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 01 Nov 2016 16:49
Last Modified: 11 Nov 2016 13:47

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