Holding therapy: a harmful mental health intervention
Version of Record online: 8 APR 2013
© 2013 Royal Pharmaceutical Society
Focus on Alternative and Complementary Therapies
Volume 18, Issue 2, pages 70–76, June 2013
How to Cite
Mercer, J. (2013), Holding therapy: a harmful mental health intervention. Focus on Alternative and Complementary Therapies, 18: 70–76. doi: 10.1111/fct.12024
- Issue online: 17 MAY 2013
- Version of Record online: 8 APR 2013
- Adverse events;
- holding therapy;
- outcome research;
- reactive attachment disorder
Holding therapy, an alternative form of child psychotherapy, involves physical restraint and manipulation, and has been associated with adverse events.
To examine the evidence of effectiveness for holding therapy.
Four electronic databases were searched, as well as an ongoing hand search, to identify any studies reporting on the effectiveness of holding therapy.
Eight studies were identified. All included studies claimed that holding therapy was efficacious, but none of the study designs were suitable for making such conclusions.
The evidence of effectiveness for holding therapy is insufficient, especially in the context of related adverse events.