Current Research in Psychology

A FEASIBILITY STUDY: EMOTIONAL FREEDOM TECHNIQUES FOR DEPRESSION IN AUSTRALIAN ADULTS

Peta Stapleton, Sharon Devine, Hannah Chatwin, Brett Porter and Terri Sheldon

DOI : 10.3844/crpsp.2014.19.33

Current Research in Psychology

Volume 5, Issue 1

Pages 19-33

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to investigate the feasibility of using Clinical Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) to treat Major Depressive Disorder in an adult population by way of a therapeutic group setting. Adults were assigned to EFT group treatment for a period of eight weeks. Diagnostic assessment was completed immediately pre and post treatment using the Mini International Neuropsychiatric Interview. In addition to this, self-report assessments measuring symptomatic evidence of depression were completed by the participants before the treatment, after the treatment and at three month follow-up. Comparisons with a community group were made at pre and post intervention and three month follow-up. The results indicated a change in diagnosis in each of the participants, with data indicating an overall improvement for the treatment group for depressive symptoms. Study implications and limitations are discussed.

Copyright

© 2014 Peta Stapleton, Sharon Devine, Hannah Chatwin, Brett Porter and Terri Sheldon. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.