The Psychological Record

, Volume 60, Issue 2, pp 249–272 | Cite as

The Valued Living Questionnaire: Defining and Measuring Valued Action within a Behavioral Framework

  • Kelly G. WilsonEmail author
  • Emily K. Sandoz
  • Jennifer Kitchens
  • Miguel Roberts


A number of cognitive-behavior therapies now strongly emphasize particular behavioral processes as mediators of clinical change specific to that therapy. This shift in emphasis calls for the development of measures sensitive to changes in the therapies’ processes. Among these is acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), which posits valued living as one of its primary core processes. This article offers a definition of values from a behavioral perspective and describes the Valued Living Questionnaire (VLQ) as a first attempt at assessment of valued living. The VLQ is a relatively brief and easily administered instrument derived directly from the primary text on ACT. Initial psychometric support for the VLQ suggests that valued living can be measured, even with the most simple of instruments, in such a way as to consider it a possible mechanism of change in ACT and related approaches.

Key words

behavior therapy cognitive behavior therapy Values Assessment Valued Living Questionnaire Acceptance-based psychotherapy Values-based psychotherapy Behavioral activation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kelly G. Wilson
    • 1
    Email author
  • Emily K. Sandoz
    • 1
  • Jennifer Kitchens
    • 1
  • Miguel Roberts
    • 2
  1. 1.University of MississippiUSA
  2. 2.VA Maryland Healthcare SystemUSA

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