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Research

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Theoretical and Methodological Problems in Research on Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) and Other Meridian Based Therapies

Note: This article assumes you have a working knowledge of EFT. Newcomers can still learn from it but are advised to peruse our Free Gold Standard (Official) EFT Tutorial™ for a more complete understanding.

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Baker, A. H., Carrington, P., Putilin, D., (2009). Theoretical and Methodological Problems in Research on Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) and Other Meridian Based Therapies. Psychology Journal, 6:2, 34-46.

ABSTRACT: Controlled research into Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) and other
meridian-based therapies is at its beginnings. We examined several issues facing EFT
researchers, including: the number and type of dependent measures; expectancy effects;
the need for follow-up assessment; a newly proposed procedure for keeping participants
blind; the duration of the intervention; the value of treating the hypothesized Energy
Meridian System and EFT's operations as separate constructs; and the possibility that
EFT's efficacy is mediated by processes long known to be associated with
psychotherapy. Such issues are considered in the context of three recent EFT studies:
Waite and Holder (2003); Wells et al. (2003); and Baker and Siegel (2005). Some
limitations of these studies are delineated and guidelines on EFT research are suggested.

 

 

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