Between search and research: How to find your way around? Review of the article “Thought Field Therapy— Soothing the bad moments of Kosovo”


  • Rita Rosner

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    1. University of Munich
    • Rita Rosner, Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, University of Munich, Leopoldstr. 13, D-80802 Munich, Germany
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This article is based on a review of the article, “Thought Field Therapy—Soothing the Bad Moments of Kosovo,” (Johnson, Shala, Sejdijaj, Odell, & Dabishevici [2001]). As it is assumed that it is the intention of the reviewed article to prove the effectiveness of TFT, the information given is evaluated in terms of how well this goal is attained. However, as a sample description is not provided and minimal methodological standards, such as some kind of standardized diagnostical procedure, are not met, it is not possible to appraise issues central to any empirical study. Furthermore the design of the study is not in accordance with the goal of the study, as any control for expectancy effects, natural remission, or even a comparison with other successful psychotherapeutic procedures is missing. The study provides very limited evidence for the effectiveness of TFT. © 2001 John Wiley & Sons, Inc. J Clin Psychol 57: 1241–1244, 2001.