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Research & Studies

The Effects of Emotional Freedom Techniques on Coping with Premenstrual Syndrome: A Randomized Control Trial

Citation (APA style): Bakır, N., Vural, P. I., & Körpe, G. (2021). The effects of emotional freedom techniques on coping with premenstrual syndrome: A randomized control trial. Perspectives in Psychiatric Care, October 5. doi:10.1111/ppc.12957


Purpose: The present study evaluated the efficacy of Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), commonly called “tapping,” for premenstrual (PMS) symptoms.

Design and Methods: This study was conducted with the participation of 50 nursing students who scored 111 or higher on the Premenstrual Syndrome Scale (PMSS). The students in the experimental group were instructed to apply EFT.

Findings: There were statistically significant differences between the mean depressive affect, fatigue, nervousness, sleep-related changes, and swelling subscale scores and the PMSS total scale score of the experimental group measured during the pretest and posttest (p < 0.05).

Practice Implications: The results demonstrate the efficacy of EFT in reducing PMS symptoms. As a fast and efficient self-treatment method, EFT can be easily implemented as a nonpharmacological intervention.


distress, Emotional Freedom Techniques, menstrual cycle, premenstrual syndrome, student