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The current staus of energy psychology: extraordinary claims with less than ordinary evidence


Bakker, G, The current staus of energy psychology: extraordinary claims with less than ordinary evidence, Clinical Psychologist, 17, (3) pp. 91-99. ISSN 1328-4207 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1111/cp.12020


Proponents of energy psychology techniques, such as Thought Field Therapy and Emotional Freedom Techniques, have sought "empirically supported therapy" status despite an unsupported and implausible theoretical basis and claims in response of representing a "pseudoscientific" movement. Two major reviews of the supportive evidence which has accumulated over the past 30 years have been published recently. This current status report describes the history, theory, techniques, claims, and implications of the energy psychology movement, examines support for its theoretical base, its current outcome study support, and offers conclusions and recommendations as to its research and clinical prospects. It is concluded that there is scant support for the radical theories underlying energy psychology techniques, and that empirical support for their efficacy is methodologically weak, and has not been able to demonstrate an effect beyond nonspecific or placebo effects, or the incorporation of known-effective elements. The only dismantling studies to date have been disconfirmatory. Further research is highly unlikely to be scientifically productive, and scientist practitioners are advised to continue to adhere to well-established cognitive and behavioural principles.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:emotional freedom techniques, empirically supported treatments, energy psychology, pseudoscience, thought field therapy
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Mental health services
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Provision of health and support services
Objective Field:Mental health services
UTAS Author:Bakker, G (Mr Gary Bakker)
ID Code:86454
Year Published:2013
Web of Science® Times Cited:6
Deposited By:Medicine
Deposited On:2013-09-17
Last Modified:2017-10-31

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