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The Effectiveness of a Training Program Based on Emotional Freedom Technique in Upgrading Feelings of Happiness for Diabetics in Gaza

Citation: Alwan, N., Nawajha, Z, Research on Humanities and Social Sciences, Vol. 3., No. 18, 2013. Full paper.

Abstract

The current study tries to verify the effectiveness of a training program based on emotional freedom technique in upgrading the feelings of happiness for diabetics. The sample is (36) diabetics enrolled in Khan Younis camp clinic purposively selected and equally distributed into two groups. The researchers designed the study tools

(emotional freedom training program, happiness scale). The study findings revealed the existence of statistically significant differences between the treatment and control groups in favor of the former. Furthermore, there were statistically significant differences between the pre and the post measures of the treatment group in favor of the post measures.

Craig’s Notes

This study, based in Gaza, examined whether an EFT training program in could increase feelings of happiness and wellbeing in diabetics. Researchers described diabetes as a chronic disorder in which insulin doesn’t effectively transport glucose from the bloodstream or in which the body doesn’t produce enough insulin and insulin must therefore be injected. They noted that the disease is now epidemic and is one of the biggest health challenges of the 21st century. They further note that fostering a stable temperament in the diabetic person can avoid unwanted changes in blood glucose and other physical changes which make it more likely for the diabetic to suffer complications of the disease.

The study authors postulate that a preventative training program of psychological medicine can focus on dispelling anxiety, fear, insecurity thus promoting better health. They describe EFT as an energy healing technique that can help a diabetic person get out from a cycle of illness and anxiety and begin to feel happy.

The study population consisted of 5300 diabetics, all enrolled in a particular clinic in Gaza. Of these, researchers selected a sample of 36 individuals with a similar age range (45-50) and of similar socio-economic status. They were equally divided into treatment and control groups. Researchers devised and tested a Happiness Scale, the final version consisted of 30 questions. They created an EFT training program based on Gary Craig’s EFT manual.

The group that received the EFT training program showed a statistically significant positive difference on the happiness scale. Researchers concluded that the techniques in the training program effectively contributed to raising the happiness levels in the treatment group subjects. In the light of these findings the study authors recommend including EFT in remedial plans adopted by health institutions treating patients with chronic diseases and issues such as diabetes, phobias, and blood pressure problems. They additionally recommend training health care providers in EFT, holding training courses for diabetics and their families in EFT.