Background: Schizophrenia is a mental disorder characterized by impaired thought processes and weak emotional responses. This situation is generally a chaotic way of speaking and thinking, and is accompanied by significant social and work dysfunction. Early symptoms usually appear during young adulthood. One of the negative symptoms of schizophrenia is low self-esteem. Therapy given in this study is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).
The Study: the purpose of this research is to determine the effect of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy on the reduction of symptoms of low self-esteem schizophrenia patients in mental hospitals in Medan, North Sumatra
Methods: This study used a quasi-experimental design with a control group". The sample of this study was schizophrenia patients with nursing problems with low selfesteem at mental hospital in North Sumatra. The sample of this study was 60 respondents, 30 respondents who received ACT and 30 respondents control group.
Results: The results showed no significant differences between the intervention group and the control group (p<0.05).Changes in symptoms of low self-esteem after being given ACT increased by 24, 51% and the control group by 7.74%. This means that the higher the percentage obtained, the lower the symptoms of low self-esteem in schizophrenic patients Conclusion: The results of this ACT study can be applied in public hospitals and mental hospitals and can be combined with other nursing therapies