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Brief Group Intervention Using EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) for Depression in College Students

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT01117532
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : May 5, 2010
Last Update Posted : April 25, 2018
Information provided by:
Soul Medicine Institute

Brief Summary:
Depression is an important mental health concern in college students. This study will recruit students who test positive for moderate to severe depression on the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI). Subjects will be randomly assigned to either a treatment or a control condition. Those in the treatment group will receive four 90 minute group classes using EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) to address traumatic memories and other self-identified causes of depression. It will compare them to a no treatment control group.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Depression Behavioral: EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) Early Phase 1

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 70 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Official Title: Brief Group Intervention Using EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) for Depression in College Students: A Randomized Controlled Trial
Study Start Date : April 2010
Actual Primary Completion Date : May 2010
Actual Study Completion Date : May 2010

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Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: EFT
Four 90 minute group EFT classes
Behavioral: EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques)
Four 90 minute group therapy classes of this behavioral intervention

No Intervention: No Treatment

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Student scores on the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) [ Time Frame: One month ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   16 Years to 25 Years   (Child, Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • A score of 19 or more on the Beck Depression Inventory
  • Currently enrolled at the University of Santo Tomas
  • Able to read, understand, and complete forms

Exclusion Criteria:

  • None

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT01117532

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College of Science, University of Santo Tomas
Manila, Philippines, 1015
Sponsors and Collaborators
Soul Medicine Institute
Additional Information:
Publications of Results:
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Responsible Party: Dawson Church, Executive Director, Soul Medicine Institute Identifier: NCT01117532    
Other Study ID Numbers: SMI-DEP-5410
First Posted: May 5, 2010    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: April 25, 2018
Last Verified: April 2018
Keywords provided by Soul Medicine Institute:
group therapy,
EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques),
energy psychology
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Depressive Disorder
Behavioral Symptoms
Mood Disorders
Mental Disorders