Post-Earthquake Rehabilitation of Clinical PTSD in Haitian Seminarians


Jean-Michel Gurret, Claudie Caufour, Julie Palmer-Hoffman, & Dawson Church, PhD


Seventy-seven male Haitian seminarians following the 2010 earthquake were assessed for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) using the PTSD Checklist (PCL). Forty-eight (62%) exhibited scores in the clinical range (>49).

The mean score of the entire sample was 54. Participants received 2 days of instruction in Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT). Following the EFT training, 0% of participants scored in the clinical range on the PCL. A paired t-test analysis of the pre-post PCL scores indicated a statistically significant decrease (p < .001), to a mean of 27 at the post-test.

Post-test PCL scores decreased an average of 72%, ranging between a 21% reduction to a 100% reduction in symptom severity. These results are consistent with other published reports of EFT’s efficacy in treating PTSD symptoms in traumatized populations, such as war veterans and genocide survivors.

Keywords:Haiti, posttraumatic stress disorder, PTSD, EFT, Emotional Freedom Techniques, earthquake

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