Enhancing Our Understanding of Risk-Taking Through Psychological Flexibility

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 4
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Session 10: Health and Well-Being

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. learn about psychological flexibility theory (PFT) and risk-taking behaviors, as well as how they develop.
  2. learn about how each underlying component of PFT may impact various risk-taking behaviors.
  3. learn about future directions and implications for youth populations.


Psychological flexibility—a functional explanation of the processes traditionally called mindfulness—allows one to be in contact with the present moment and to persist or change their behavior to contact their goals and achieve valued ends. These processes are often implicated in disorders characterized by risk-taking and this presentation will review an original research project aimed at understanding how psychological flexibility might explain health risk behaviors.



Shelley R. Upton, Utah State University
Tyler Renshaw, Utah State University
Tony Roberson, Cypress-Fairbanks ISD


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