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

Peta Stapleton1, Sharon Devine1, Hannah Chatwin1, Brett Porter2 and Terri Sheldon2
  • 1 Bond University, Australia
  • 2 , Qld
Current Research in Psychology
Volume 5 No. 1, 2014, 19-33

DOI: https://doi.org/10.3844/crpsp.2014.19.33

Submitted On: 20 June 2014 Published On: 12 July 2014

How to Cite: Stapleton, P., Devine, S., Chatwin, H., Porter, B. & Sheldon, T. (2014). A FEASIBILITY STUDY: EMOTIONAL FREEDOM TECHNIQUES FOR DEPRESSION IN AUSTRALIAN ADULTS. Current Research in Psychology, 5(1), 19-33. https://doi.org/10.3844/crpsp.2014.19.33

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.

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Keywords

  • Depression
  • Adults
  • Emotional Freedom Techniques
  • EFT
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • CBT