Exploring the Impact of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) on Mitigating Academic Procrastination and Sleep Disturbances Among Undergraduates (76546)

Session Information: Psychology, Mental & Physical Health
Session Chair: Juthamas Haenjohn

Wednesday, 27 March 2024 16:30
Session: Session 5
Room: Room 607
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

Academic procrastination and sleep disturbances are pervasive challenges among university students, yet interventions targeting these issues are relatively scarce. We conducted a quasi-experimental quantitative and longitudinal study using a two-arm parallel group randomized controlled design to evaluate the impact of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) on academic procrastination and sleep disturbances. Outcome assessments were conducted using the Tuckman Procrastination Scale, Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index, and Psy-Flex at baseline, after session 3, post-test, and a 1-month follow-up. Thirty Malaysian undergraduates who met the inclusion criteria were recruited and randomly assigned to undergo six online sessions of either ACT or Motivational Interviewing (MI) control group. The study was scheduled to continue until early 2024. ANCOVA analyses will be used as inferential statistics to test the effect of the treatment group on the intermediate/post-test/follow-up scores for procrastination, sleep disturbances, and psychological flexibility, with the pretest score as the covariate. It is expected that ACT is better than MI in reducing procrastination and sleep disturbances as it improves students’ psychological flexibility. This study represents a pioneering effort to examine its viability as an efficient intervention to address these interconnected challenges faced by undergraduates.

Sook Huey Lee, Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris, Malaysia
Fatanah Ramlee, Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris, Malaysia
Azizah Othman, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia

About the Presenter(s)
Sook Huey is a clinical psychologist and a third year student of Doctor of Psychology (Clinical Psychology) program at Universitiy Pendidikan Sultan Idris Malaysia.

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