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EFT and fear of dentists



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Temple, G., & Mollon, P.  (2011).  Reducing Anxiety in Dental Patients using EFT: A Pilot Study.  Energy Psychology: Theory, Research & Treatment, 3(2).

Adult patients awaiting dental treatment were screened for self-reported anxiety using an 11-point Likert scale.

Those in the higher half of the range (n = 30) received a 10-min intervention consisting of a 4-min Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) explanation and 6-min treatment.

All patients reported a decrease in subjective anxiety, with a mean pretreatment score of 8.03 and a posttreatment score of 3.03.

Paired  t tests revealed a statistically significant decrease (p < .001).

These results are consistent with other published reports of EFTs efficacy for anxiety. They suggest that even a very brief EFT intervention can reduce anxiety and that an additional controlled trial with both observer- and participant-rated measures should be undertaken.

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