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EFT, Energy Psychology and Tapping Studies, Abstracts, Papers, and Articles with Editor’s Note Summaries (by Craig Weiner, DC)

This is one of the most comprehensive collection of EFT/Tapping related published research abstracts and full papers in a single location. It is continually updated. Editor’s notes provided by Craig Weiner, DC, provide a brief synopsis of each paper and further details are best obtained by reading the full paper and if unable to obtain, then to review the paper abstract.

Articles/Papers listed may be found in multiple categories, according to relevant subject headings.

Articles/Papers may be available:

  1. As a Free Abstract
  2. As a Free Full Research Paper (Some are downloadable PDFs that require the user to have Adobe Acrobat Reader) or
  3. Commonly it is required that to obtain the full research paper you need to purchase it via the link to the publisher.

Abstracts/Papers appear in a wide variety of publications, many though not all of which are peer reviewed journals, not all of which can be found on PubMed searches.

Each research paper listed is on this Table of Contents Page with a Description of the Paper and its Citation (title, authors and publication information) with a link to a Unique Study Page.

Each Unique Study Page offers a study Description, Citation, Abstract and Editor’s Summary Notes (Based upon Abstracts or Full Papers (when available to this editor reviewer) and Original Papers when available.

Some full papers/PDFs have been made available as slightly revised editions by the author which may vary from the original journal publication rendition.

Milestones in Worldwide Acceptance of EFT and EFT Published Research

  • Nov. 2021 a select committee led by Peta Stapleton, PhD and approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) was created to evaluate EFT by the APA for inclusion on their evidence based psychological treatments website
  • 2020 EFT approved under the National Insurance Disability Scheme (NDIS) for therapy in Australia
  • 2020 Australian Psychological Society features EFT during National Psychology Week as emerging approach for pain
  • 2020 APA journal (USA) published EFT cortisol replication study
  • 2020 A major review of psychological treatments for PTSD – Energy psychology (combined somatic/cognitive therapies) was the 2nd most effective at reducing PTSD symptoms at the end of treatment to waitlist (after EMDR which was found to be most effective). Further, energy psychology had the greatest cost savings over no treatment, followed by EMDR, trauma-focused CBT and then other treatments
  • 2019 Blue Knot Foundation for (trauma) includes EFT in PTSD clinical guidelines in Australia
  • In 2019, EFT was approved for use within the South Korean medical system
  • 2018 – N.I.C.E. (UK) acknowledge the body of EFT research, deem it worthy of government funding and in economic modelling indicated it was highly cost effective
  • 2018 EFT was approved as “generally safe” by the US Veterans Administration
  • 2018 EFT International and ACEP (Association of Comprehensive Energy Psychology) made a joint submission of the research evidence for EFT and TFT as treatments for PTSD to NICE (the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) in the UK. NICE has created a specific category for EFT, TFT and Somatic Experiencing called “CSACTS” (Combined Somatic and Cognitive Therapies) and acknowledged as “worthy of further research”
  • In 2017, the U.S. Veterans Administration (V.A.) added EFT to List 2, approving it as a “generally safe therapy”

The Effectiveness of “EFT – Emotional Freedom Techniques” in People with Phobias

Citation: Xanthou, A.,(2020) The Effectiveness of ‘’EFT – Emotional Freedom Techniques’’ in People with Phobias, Dialogues in Clinical Neuroscience & Mental Health DOI: 10.26386/obrela.v3i1.173 Full PDF attached Abstract: This research is a qualitative study that investigates the experience, symptoms and difficulties faced by people with phobias and the effectiveness of EFT-Emotional Freedom Techniques as a…

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Comparison of the Effectiveness of Two Modalities of Group Delivery of Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) Intervention for Food Cravings: Online versus In-Person

Citation: Stapleton, P. and Stewart, M. (2020) Comparison of the Effectiveness of Two Modalities of Group Delivery of Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) Intervention for Food Cravings: Online versus In-Person. Open Journal of Social Sciences, 8, 158-181. doi: 10.4236/jss.2020.82014. Link to full paper: https://www.scirp.org/journal/paperinformation.aspx?paperid=98546 | PDF Abstract: Recent research has demonstrated the effectiveness of Emotional Freedom…

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A Phenomenological Enquiry into How Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) Practitioners Conduct Surrogate EFT

Just note: Free access to complete PDF of the study This research paper was written by Sunita Pattani as part of her MSc. disertation in association with the Professional Development Foundation (PDF),Middlesex University, September 2019 The paper has not at this time been published in a formal publication. I have included it in this database…

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Group Counselling with Systematic Desensitization and Emotional Freedom Techniques to Reduce Public Speaking Anxiety

Citation: Madoni, Ely & Eddy, Mungin & Japar, Muhammad. (2018). Group Counselling with Systematic Desensitization and Emotional Freedom Techniques to Reduce Public Speaking Anxiety. Jurnal Bimbingan Konseling Link Abstract: Public Speaking or the ability to speak in public is one of basic competencies that must be owned by students. However, apparently, there found many students…

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Does Combining Emotional Freedom Techniques and Hypnosis Have and Effect on Sexual Assault-Specific Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms?

Citation: Anderson, K., Rubik, B., Absenger, W., (2019). Does combining emotinoal freedome techniques and hypnois have an effect on sexual assault specific posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms. J. of Energy Psychology, Theory, Research and Treatment. 11(2) p. 31-49 Abstract: Objectives: Postraumatic stres disorder (PTSD) affects approximately eight million American adults per year (US Department of Veterans…

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Traditional Chinese Medicine as a Basis for Treating Psychiatric Disorders: A Review of Theory with Illustrative Cases

Citation: Aung, S. K., Fay, H., & Hobbs, R. F., 3rd (2013). Traditional Chinese Medicine as a Basis for Treating Psychiatric Disorders: A Review of Theory with Illustrative Cases. Medical acupuncture, 25(6), 398–406. doi:10.1089/acu.2013.1007 Full Paper available for free at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3870484/ Abstract: Background: Integrative medicine is becoming increasingly accepted in the global scheme of health…

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Dismantling an Energy Psychology Technique for Communication Apprehension

Citation: Fitch, J. III, Kimmel, K., Fairchild, J., DiGirolamo, J., (2019) Dismantling an Energy Psychology Technique for Communication Apprehension, Energy Psychology Journal, doi 10.9769/EPJ.2019.11.2 Abstract Link Abstract: Reducing communication apprehension (CA) in university public speaking classes has been traditionally achieved by strategies such as skills training, rehearsal, preparation, and repeated performance. Yet, some highly anxious…

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Online Delivery of Emotional Freedom Techniques in the Treatment of Food Cravings and Weight Management: A Randomised Controlled Trial

Citation: Stapleton P, Roos T, Mackintosh G, Sparenburg E, Sabot D, Carter B. Online Delivery of Emotional Freedom Techniques in the Treatment of Food Cravings and Weight Management: A Randomised Controlled Trial. OBM Integrative and Complementary Medicine 2019;4(4):31; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1904065. Open Access Journal Full Paper: https://www.lidsen.com/journals/icm/icm-04-04-065 Abstract: Background: The combination of dietary restraint and physical exercise…

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Online Delivery of Emotional Freedom Techniques for Food Cravings and Weight Management: 2-Year Follow-Up

Citation: Online Delivery of Emotional Freedom Techniques for Food Cravings and Weight Management: 2-Year Follow-Up Stapleton, P., Lilley-Hale, E., Mackintosh, G., and Sparenburg, E., J Altern Complement Med. 2019 Nov 25. doi: 10.1089/acm.2019.0309 Full PDF of paper available with free 30 day access at http://bit.ly/37G22gT Abstract Background: Growing obesity rates are a problem worldwide. Several…

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Borrowing Benefits: Clinical EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) as an Immediate Stress Reduction Skill in the Workplace

CITATION: Church, D. and David, I. (2019) Borrowing Benefits: Clinical EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) as an Immediate Stress Reduction Skill in the Workplace. Psychology, 10, 941-952. doi: 10.4236/psych.2019.107061. Full Paper pdf available at https://m.scirp.org/papers/92996 ABSTRACT Clinical EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) is an evidence-based practice that has demonstrated efficacy for anxiety, depression, and PTSD. While a…

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A Feasibility Study of Emotional Freedom Technique Taught in the Curriculum for Secondary School Students, to Reduce Stress and Test Anxiety and Enhance Coping Skills

Citation: Ledger, K., A feasibility study of emotional freedom technique taught in the curriculum for secondary school students to reduce stress and test anxiety and enhance coping skills. Intl J of Healing and Caring, 11.2019, vol. 19,3. Full pdf available for download at: https://irp-cdn.multiscreensite.com/891f98f6/files/uploaded/Ledger-19-3F.pdf Abstract Objective: This 2008 Feasibility Study explored the impact of teaching…

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Words to Tap By: The Use of Language in Energy Psychology Protocols

Citation: Feinstein, D., Words to Tap By: The Use of Language in Energy Psychology Protocols, Journal of Energy Psychology, Volume 11, Number 1, May 2019, p. 2-16, Abstract Most Energy Psychology protocols include a component in which the client is guided in the use of personally tailored wording related to a target problem or goal.…

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