Date of Award
Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)
Graduate Department of Clinical Psychology
Mark McMinn, PhD
Kelly Chang, PhD
Winston Seegobin, PsyD
The following study investigates the links between psychological flexibility and attitudes that White people have toward White privilege. Psychological flexibility is defined as one’s ability to contact the present moment as a conscious human being with the ability to flexibly act in ways that serve personal values. The study did not support the hypothesis that an ACT intervention would significantly increase one’s psychological flexibility, which would covertly affect an increase in their White privilege awareness, remorse, anticipated costs of confronting, and willingness to confront White privilege. The study found no increase in psychological flexibility measures among students who received a six week group intervention, and no changes in White privilege attitudes.
Sallee, Carl, "Exploring Psychological Flexibility’s Effects on White Privilege Attitudes" (2020). Doctor of Psychology (PsyD). 317.