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Research & Studies

Effectiveness of EFT on Suicidal Ideation Among Young Adults

Citation (APA style): Patel, V., & Pandey, N. (2021). Effectiveness of EFT on suicidal ideation among young adults. International Journal of Indian Psychology, 9(3). doi:10.25215/0903.192


The present study examines the effectiveness of Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) as an intervention for suicidal ideation among young adults. Suicide has been documented in various literature wherein its definition has constantly changed, as has the definition of suicidal ideation. As a result, there is no universally accepted consistent definition for either. An enormous part of our society, including the young adults, commits suicide every year. The current situation calls for an easily assessable and effective intervention that can be implemented to deal with suicidal ideation as suicide prevention. Respondents between the age of 18 and 40 years were assessed for the presence of suicidal ideation using Columbia-Suicide Severity Rating Scale at the beginning and end of intervention. Eight participants out of 20 respondents were provided with intervention. Participants were given an initial EFT session to gain better insight into their distress issues that lead to suicidal ideation and to provide them with understanding of how EFT is conducted. Participants were then instructed to practice EFT on themselves on a daily basis for the next 21 days. In post-intervention assessment, EFT not only proved to be effective in reducing suicidal ideation, but it also provided participants with necessary insight, created and enhanced self-love, and made them self-aware and efficient in handling their emotions. EFT is a cost-effective, easy-to-use technique that can be employed for all emotions and physical pain anytime, anywhere, and any number of times.


Covid-19, Emotional Freedom Technique, EFT, suicide, suicidal ideation, young adults

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