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

This study has been completed.
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Soul Medicine Institute Identifier:
First received: May 4, 2010
Last updated: May 28, 2010
Last verified: May 2010
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 Intervention Phase
Behavioral: EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques)
Early Phase 1

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: 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

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Further study details as provided by Soul Medicine Institute:

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

Estimated Enrollment: 70
Study Start Date: April 2010
Study Completion Date: May 2010
Primary Completion Date: May 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
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


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:

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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01117532

College of Science, University of Santo Tomas
Manila, Philippines, 1015
Sponsors and Collaborators
Soul Medicine Institute
  More Information

Additional Information:
Responsible Party: Dawson Church, Executive Director, Soul Medicine Institute Identifier: NCT01117532     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: SMI-DEP-5410
Study First Received: May 4, 2010
Last Updated: May 28, 2010

Keywords provided by Soul Medicine Institute:
group therapy,
EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques),
energy psychology

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Depressive Disorder
Behavioral Symptoms
Mood Disorders
Mental Disorders processed this record on April 26, 2017