The data from this study has been used as the foundation for three published papers by Stapleton, et al. This study investigated ninety-six overweight or obese adults who were randomly allocated to a four-week (2 hour EFT session one time per week plus self-directed EFT between sessions) EFT treatment or waitlisted. Waitlist participants crossed over to the EFT group upon completion of wait period. The researchers measured through self-report measurement tools the degree of food craving, the perceived power of food, food restraint capabilities, and other psychological symptoms were measured before the EFT intervention, immediately after the 4 weeks and then again 12-months later. Significant improvements in weight, body mass index, food cravings, subjective power of food, craving restraint and psychological coping for EFT participants from pretreatment to 12-month follow-up were reported and can be found in Stapleton, P., Sheldon, T., & Porter, B. (2012).
The authors of this study found that EFT can be effective in helping adolescents with moderate to severe depressive symptoms, but that it may be effective In both group format and a limited number of sessions.
This study by Church and Brooks explores EFT & other CAM techniques for helping veterans and their spouses with PTSD symptoms including EFT, yoga, meditation and other neuroregulating techniques ub a retreat setting.
This paper from the journal, Traumatology, is the first to explore a population which desperately needs effective ways to deal with and cope with stress and trauma; adolescents who have been physically and psychologically/emotionally traumatized at home. In this study, a single EFT session was provided to the active treatment group while the other randomized control group was waitlisted without EFT intervention. While the wait list group reported no significant changes in their subjective measurement scores, the EFT group, 30 days later were re assessed and the after test scores revealed that 100% of those who received EFT were “nonclinical on the total score as well as the intrusive and avoidant symptom subscales and SUDs.” Given the significance of the results of this study, and with the intervention being only a single EFT session, I again hope to see this study validated by a replication study.
7 Iraqi and Vietnam War veterans were treated with 6 sessions of EFT and symptom severity decreased significantly by 40%, anxiety decreased 46%, depression 49%, and PTSD 50% and the gains were maintained at the 90-day follow-up.
This article describes the techniques, how EFT is taught in a workshop setting, and provides case examples. The clinical benefits of EFT and future research directions are discussed.
2 hours of self-applied EFT was used and a 90-day follow-up was completed by half of those attendees, with 61% reportedly using EFT after the conference. Significant improvements were found on all distress subscales and ratings of pain, emotional distress, and cravings at posttest after the conference and gains were maintained at follow-up for most of the psychological distress scales.
This study was meant to explore the possibility that additional psychological issues often come into play when there is addiction and was used to see the effects of EFT on 39 participants who self-reported having addiction problems at an addiction focused EFT workshop in 2008.
This study of 312 highs school students were evaluated and 70 were found to have high levels of test anxiety. The study compared EFT to Progressive Muscular Relaxation (PMR) regarding their effectiveness in reducing test anxiety. One group received a single session of EFT and the other PMR and then instructed to self-apply. A significant anxiety score decrease was achieved by both groups, though the EFT group scored significantly lower on the Emotionality and Worry subscale.