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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”

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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Reducing Mathematics Anxiety Among Students with Pseudo-Dyscalculia in Ibadan Through Numerical Cognition and Emotional Freedom Techniques: Moderating Effect of Mathematics Efficacy

Citation: Aremu, A.O., and Taiwo, A.K., Department of Guidance and Counselling, University of Ibadan, Nigeria. Full paper. Abstract Anxiety in mathematics is a critical challenge facing secondary school students in Nigeria. Previous studies with focus on the improvement of this challenge are scarce. Specifically, there is paucity of studies using Numerical Cognition and Emotional Freedom…

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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…

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Borrowing Benefits: Group Treatment with Clinical Emotional Freedom Techniques Is Associated with Simultaneous Reductions in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Anxiety, and Depression Symptoms

Citation: Borrowing Benefits: Group Treatment With Clinical Emotional Freedom Techniques Is Associated With Simultaneous Reductions in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Anxiety, and Depression Symptoms. Church D, House D. J Evid Based Integr Med. 2018 Jan Dec;23:2156587218756510. doi: 10.1177/2156587218756510. Links: The abstract can be found at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29468884 or at http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/2156587218756510 with access to both abstract and a…

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Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) as a practice for supporting chronic disease healthcare: a practitioners’ perspective

Citation: Emotional freedom techniques (EFT) as a practice for supporting chronic disease healthcare: a practitioners’ perspective. Kalla M, Simmons M, Robinson A, Stapleton P. Disabil Rehabil. 2018 Jul;40(14):1654-1662. doi: 10.1080/09638288.2017.1306125. Epub 2017 Mar 27. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/09638288.2017.1306125?journalCode=idre20 or https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28345427 Abstract PURPOSE: The objective of the present study was to explore Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) practitioners’ experiences of…

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Empirically Supported Psychological Treatments: The Challenge of Evaluating Clinical Innovations

Citation Church, D., Feinstein, D., Palmer-Hoffman, J., Stein, P. K., & Tranguch, A. (2014). Empirically supported psychological treatments: The challenge of evaluating clinical innovations. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 202(10), 699-709. Abstract Clear and transparent standards are required to establish whether a therapeutic method is “evidence based.” Even when research demonstrates a method to…

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A Virtual Emotional Freedom Practitioner to Deliver Physical and Emotional Therapy

Citation: Ranjbartabar, H., A THESIS SUBMITTED TO MACQUARIE UNIVERSITY FOR THE DEGREE OF MASTER OF RESEARCH DEPARTMENT OF COMPUTING, MAY 03, 2016. Full paper. Abstract The role of virtual humans in a range of health scenarios, including therapy and counselling, is being explored as a substitute for human therapists and counsellors. This research study investigates…

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Clinical EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) as Single Session Therapy: Cases, Research, Indications, and Cautions

Citation: Church, D. (2013). Clinical EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) as Single Session Therapy: Cases, Research, Indications, and Cautions. In Capture the Moment: Single Session Therapy and Walk-In Service. (Michael Hoyt & Moshe Talmon, eds). Bethel, CT: Crown House. Abstract Clinical EFT (Emotion Freedom Techniques) is an evidence-based practice that combines elements of exposure and cognitive…

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Complementary and Alternative Medicine In VA Specialized PTSD Treatment Programs

Citation: Libby, D. J., Pilver, C. E., & Desai, R. (2012). Complementary and alternative medicine in VA specialized PTSD treatment programs. Psychiatric Services, 63(11), 1134–1136. For the full research paper: https://ps.psychiatryonline.org/doi/full/10.1176/appi.ps.201100456 Abstract Objective: This survey documented the provision of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) treatments in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) specialized posttraumatic stress…

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