Study authors report that the results support the potential of EFT as an effective treatment for a range of psychological and physical disorders. As an average of just over 5 sessions were required, it is possible that EFT may also be very cost effective.
Authors’ Conclusions: “The results demonstrate a statistically significant reduction in anxiety level for both cohorts of students, as well as a clinically significant reduction in anxiety for the sports science students.”
After a 15 minute explanation of EFT and a single tapping round, on several subject scales, according to the authors “the results suggest that EFT may be a useful addition to curricula for courses that include oral presentations.”
52 third year university students were given a public presentation assignment known to generate anxiety. They then received a 15 minute introductory lesson on EFT and were led in a single round of tapping, with a focus on public speaking anxiety and were then instructed that they could use EFT on their own. SUDs (Subjective Units of Distress) and HADs (Hospital Anxiety and Depression) Scales were used pre and post. 46 students completed the study with results showing a statistically significant decrease in anxiety, with no significant decrease in depression.