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EFT Tapping Research; The Science of Tapping

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.

Emotional Freedom Techniques to Treat Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Veterans: Review of the Evidence, Survey of Practitioners, and Proposed Clinical Guidelines

Citation: Church, D., Stern, S., Boath, E., Stewart, A., Feinstein, D., & Clond, M. (2017). Emotional Freedom Techniques to Treat Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Veterans: Review of the Evidence, Survey of Practitioners, and Proposed Clinical Guidelines. The Permanente journal, 21, 16-100. Full Paper: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5499602/ Abstract: Background High prevalence rates of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in…

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Guidelines for the Treatment of PTSD Using Clinical EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques)

Citation: Church, D.; Stapleton, P.; Mollon, P.; Feinstein, D.; Boath, E.; Mackay, D.; Sims, R. Guidelines for the Treatment of PTSD Using Clinical EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques). Healthcare 2018, 6, 146. Abstract: Clinical EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) is an evidence-based method that combines acupressure with elements drawn from cognitive and exposure therapies. The approach has…

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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Emotional Freedom Technique in Reducing Anxiety and Depression in Indian Adults

Citation: Jasubhaii, S.; Mukundan, C.R.; Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Emotional Freedom Technique in Reducing Anxiety and Depression in Indian Adults. Int J Emerg Ment Health 2018, Vol 20(2): 403 DOI: 10.4172/1522-4821.1000403 Abstract WHO places Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), or depression, as the fourth leading cause of mental disability world-wide. According to a survey done by…

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The Effectiveness of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Emotional Freedom Techniques in Reducing Depression and Anxiety Among Adults: A Pilot Study

Citation: Chatwin, H., Stapleton, P., Porter, B., Devine, S., & Sheldon, T. (2016). The Effectiveness of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Emotional Freedom Techniques in Reducing Depression and Anxiety Among Adults: A Pilot Study. Integrative medicine (Encinitas, Calif.), 15(2), 27-34. Full Text Link: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4898279/ Abstract Context: The World Health Organization (WHO) places major depressive disorder (MDD),…

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Is Tapping on Acupuncture Points an Active Ingredient in Emotional Freedom Techniques? A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of Comparative Studies

Citation: Church, D., Stapleton, P., Yang, A, Gallo, F., Is Tapping on Acupuncture Points an Active Ingredient in Emotional Freedom Techniques? A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of Comparative Studies. The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, Vol. 206, No. 10, October 2018 Abstract Link Abstract Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFTs) combine elements of cognitive restructuring and…

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Emotional Freedom Techniques for Food Cravings in Overweight Adults: A Comparison of Treatment Length

Citation: Stapleton P, Chatwin H., Emotional Freedom Techniques for Food Cravings in Overweight Adults: A Comparison of Treatment Length. OBM Integrative and Complementary Medicine 2018 ;3(3):014; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1803014. Abstract and Full Paper: http://www.lidsen.com/journals/icm/icm-03-03-014 Abstract Background: Because patients vary in their response to treatment, including adherence, the effect of treatment length in the use of EFT on…

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Secondary psychological outcomes in a controlled trial of Emotional Freedom Techniques and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy in the treatment of food cravings

Citation: Stapleton, P., Bannatyne, A., Chatwin, H., Urzi, K., Porter B., Sheldon, T, Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, 28, 2017 (136-145) Link to Full Paper Abstract Objective: Examining the effectiveness of psychological interventions in treating secondary psychological outcomes of obesity has become prioritized in recent times. The objective of the present study was to compare…

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Stress Management for the Treatment of Sleep Disorders in Lawyers: Pilot Experimental Study in Athens, Hellas

Citation: Christina, D., Panagiotis, K., Liza, V., and CP, George. Sleep Disorder Treatment Care, Volume 5, Issue 2. April 2016. Full paper. Abstract Objective: The products of the hypothalamic – pituitary – adrenal axis (HPA) and the autonomic nervous system as a result of stressful life events are closely related to the occurrence of chronic…

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Effectiveness of a School-Based Emotional Freedom Techniques Intervention for Promoting Student Wellbeing

Citation: Stapleton, P, Mackay, E., Chatwin, H., Murphy, D., Porter, B., Thibault, S., Sheldo, T., Pidgeon, A. Adolescent Psychology, Volume 7, Issue 2, 2017. Abstract Background: In academic settings, fear of failure and associated emotional difficulties are common and often result in maladaptive behaviours, which often lead to failure or lowered scholastic achievement. Higher levels…

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The Emotional Freedom Technique, Finally, a Unifying Theory for the Practice of Holistic Nursing, or Too Good to Be True?

Citation: Rancour, P, Integrative Medicine, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Full paper. Abstract The Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is defined and described as a clinical procedure for the relief of psychological and physical distress that patients often bring to the attention of nurses. Frequently referred to as “tapping,” this technique combines the cognitive…

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Emotional Freedom Techniques in the Treatment of Unhealthy Eating Behaviors and Related Psychological Constructs In Adolescents: a Randomized Controlled Pilot Trial

Citation: Stapleton, P, Chatwin, H, William, M, Hutton, A, Pain, A., Porter, B, Sheldon, T. EXPLORE, March/April 2016, Vol. 12, No. 2. Full paper. Abstract Context: In Australia and throughout much of the world, rates of obesity continue to climb, as do the prevalence of eating disorders, particularly in adolescents. Psychological consequences of childhood obesity…

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TBI Symptoms Improve After PTSD Remediation with Emotional Freedom Techniques

Citation: Dawson Church (no citation information available in the PDF). Full paper. Abstract A group of 59 veterans with clinical levels of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms received Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) coaching in a randomized controlled trial. A significant percentage dropped below the clinical threshold after 6 sessions of EFT (86%, p < .0001)…

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