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Poverty: Third wave behavioral approaches

Thompson, Miles

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© 2014 Elsevier Ltd. This article will review the literature related to poverty and third wave behavioral approaches. It will specifically focus on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and the wider field of Contextual Behavioral Science (CBS). Having outlined CBS and poverty, this article will begin by highlighting evidence where people with psychological or physical health problems, who also live in poverty, are treated with ACT. It will then explore the possibility of tackling poverty itself and consider some limitations of traditional therapeutic approaches in this regard. Finally, it will review the potential for the CBS movement to deliver wider cultural change that reduces poverty itself. This article will speak to poverty that occurs in both the developed and developing world, although much of the evidence in relation to ACT and CBS is currently in the former.


Thompson, M. (2015). Poverty: Third wave behavioral approaches. Current Opinion in Psychology, 2, 102-106.

Journal Article Type Review
Publication Date Apr 1, 2015
Deposit Date Apr 27, 2015
Publicly Available Date Apr 1, 2016
Journal Current Opinion in Psychology
Print ISSN 2352-250X
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 2
Pages 102-106
Keywords poverty, third wave
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Additional Information Additional Information : NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Current Opinion in Psychology. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Current Opinion in Psychology, 2, pp. 102-106 (April 2015) doi:10.1016/j.copsyc.2014.11.010


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