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A Controlled Comparison of the Effectiveness and Efficiency of Two Psychological Therapies for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.

  The present study reports on the first ever controlled comparison between eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) and emotional freedom techniques (EFT) for posttraumatic stress disorder. A total of 46 participants were randomized to either EMDR (n = 23) or EFT (n = 23). The participants were assessed at baseline and then reassessed after an 8-week waiting period. Two further blind assessments were conducted at posttreatment and 3-months follow-up. Overall, the results indicated that both interventions produced significant therapeutic gains at posttreatment and follow-up in an equal number of sessions. Similar treatment effect sizes were observed in both treatment groups. Regarding clinical significant changes, a slightly higher proportion of patients in the EMDR group produced substantial clinical changes compared with the EFT group. Given the speculative nature of the theoretical basis of EFT, a dismantling study on the active ingredients of EFT should be subject to future research.

  • Type:

    Article

  • Date:

    30 November 2010

  • Publication Status:

    Published

  • Publisher

    Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins

  • DOI:

    10.1097/NMD.0b013e31821cd262

  • ISSN:

    0022-3018

  • Library of Congress:

    RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry

  • Dewey Decimal Classification:

    616.8 Nervous & mental disorders

Citation

Karatzias, T., Power, K., Brown, K., McGoldrick, T., Begum, M., Young, J., …Adams, S. (2010). A Controlled Comparison of the Effectiveness and Efficiency of Two Psychological Therapies for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease. 199, 372-378. doi:10.1097/NMD.0b013e31821cd262. ISSN 0022-3018

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Keywords

Posttraumatic stress disorder; eye movement desensitization and reprocessing; emotional freedom techniques;

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