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Brief Trauma Symptom Intervention with Rwandan Genocide Survivors Using Thought Field Therapy

Citation: Connolly, S.M., & Sakai, C.E. (2012). Brief trauma symptom intervention with Rwandan genocide survivors using Thought Field Therapy. International Journal of Emergency Mental Health, 13(3), 161-172. Click here to view Abstract http://goo.gl/j6qE5b


This randomized waitlist control study examined the efficacy of Thought Field Therapy (TFT) in reducing Posttraumatic Stress Disorder symptoms in survivors of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. Participants included 145 adult genocide survivors randomly assigned to an immediate TFT treatment group or a waitlist control group. Group differences adjusted for pretest scores and repeated measures anovas were statistically significant at p < .001 for 9 of 10 TSI trauma subscales and for both severity and frequency on the MPSS, with moderate to large effect sizes. Reduced trauma symptoms for the group receiving TFT were found for all scales. Reductions in trauma symptoms were sustained at a 2-year follow-up assessment. Limitations, clinical implications, and future research are discussed.

Editor’s Note

The full paper published in the International Journal of Emergency Mental Health was not available to author for review. The abstract indicates this to be yet another example of the effective use of Thought Field Therapy (TFT) on a traumatized population, this time in post-genocide Rwanda. Strongly significant results were achieved in several measures when comparing a TFT treatment vs Waitlist group for these 145 survivors and were maintained with testing follow-up 2 years later. The full paper reportedly discussed the clinical implications and limitations of the study.