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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.

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”

Mindfulness and Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT): Holistic interventions for adolescent depression and anxiety

Citation: Lall, Meena, “Mindfulness and Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT): Holistic interventions for adolescent depression and anxiety” (2014). Master’s Level Graduate Research Conference. 124. https://digitalcommons.brockport.edu/gradconf/2014/Schedule/124 Location of Poster Presentation: Edwards Hall Lobby, The College at Brockport, State University of New York, MaRC, The Masters Level Graduate Research Conference Description Adolescent depression has grown into a health…

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Evaluating a 3-Week Model for Reducing Symptoms of Stress in Traumatised Youth Using the Trauma Tapping Technique (TTT) for Self-help: A Pilot Trial

Recommended citation: Stapleton P, Sandstrom U, Hamne G. Evaluating a 3-Week Model for Reducing Symptoms of Stress in Traumatised Youth Using the Trauma Tapping Technique (TTT) for Self-help: A Pilot Trial. 2018;3(4):036; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1804036. Full Paper found at: http://www.lidsen.com/journals/icm/icm-03-04-036 Abstract Background: This pilot trial investigated whether a 3-week self-help model for stress reduction using the Trauma…

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Befriending Anxiety to Reach Potential: Strategies to Empower Our Gifted Youth

Citation: Gaesser, Amy. (2018). Befriending Anxiety to Reach Potential: Strategies to Empower Our Gifted Youth. Gifted Child Today. 41. 186-195. 10.1177/1076217518786983. Abstract and Full Text Abstract: Gifted students can encounter anxiety-provoking stressors throughout their day. Developing effective anxiety management skills allows them to better navigate these challenges. Concepts from neuroscience help us better understand responses…

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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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