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Randomised controlled study comparing two psychological therapies for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) vs. Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET)

AlHadethe, Ashraf; Hunt, Nigel; Ghaffar, Al-Qaysi; Thomas, Shirley A.

Authors

AFZAL ASHRAF AFZAL.ASHRAF1@NOTTINGHAM.AC.UK
Assistant Professorin International Relations

NIGEL HUNT NIGEL.HUNT@NOTTINGHAM.AC.UK
Associate Professor

Al-Qaysi Ghaffar



Abstract

Background: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a common psychological reaction after traumatic events. The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) and Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET) as treatments for PTSD with traumatised people.

Methods: A randomized controlled trial design was used. Sixty Iraqi students were selected who met the DSM-IV PTSD criteria. Participants were male students who were aged between 16-19 years. Participants were randomly divided into three groups, with 20 participants in each group. Those in the EFT and NET groups received 4 therapy sessions, while the control group received no treatment. One person from the NET group withdrew. All participants were assessed on PTSD symptoms, anxiety and depression, social support.

Results: The results showed that the participants who received EFT reported a significant difference in all PTSD cluster at pre-test and post-test from T1 to T2 (p>0.05). However, although the NET group reported a significant difference between pre-test and posttest in avoidance and re-experience, no significant difference was found in hyper arousal (p

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date May 2, 2015
Journal Journal of Traumatic Stress Disorders and Treatment
Electronic ISSN 2324-8947
Publisher OMICS International
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 4
Issue 4
Article Number 1000145
APA6 Citation AlHadethe, A., Hunt, N., Ghaffar, A., & Thomas, S. A. (2015). Randomised controlled study comparing two psychological therapies for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) vs. Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET). Journal of Traumatic Stress Disorders and Treatment, 4(4), https://doi.org/10.4172/2324-8947.1000145
DOI https://doi.org/10.4172/2324-8947.1000145
Keywords EFT: Emotional Freedom Techniques, NET: Narrative Exposure Therapy, PTSD: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
Publisher URL https://www.scitechnol.com/peer-review/randomised-controlled-study-comparing-two-psychological-therapies-for-posttraumatic-stress-disorder-ptsd-emotional-freedom-techniq-2MfO.php?article_id=4608
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf

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