Clinical Applications of Self-Hypnosis: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomised Controlled Trials.

Eason, A.D. and Parris, B., 2019. Clinical Applications of Self-Hypnosis: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomised Controlled Trials. Psychology of Consciousness. (In Press)

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DOI: 10.1037/cns0000173

Abstract

We conducted a systematic review of randomized control trials examining the efficacy of self- hypnosis as a clinical treatment. Searching for ‘self-hypnosis’, ‘self-hypnotic’, ‘autosuggestion’, and ‘autohypnosis’ returned 576 studies, of which 22 met the definition of being an RCT. Self-hypnosis has been reported to be efficacious in studies of pain, childbirth, paediatric applications, stress and anxiety. Methodological differences among studies are discussed. Self-hypnosis is most likely to be effective when taught as an independent self-directed skill and when it involves at least three practice sessions before participation in the trial. Experience of hetero-hypnosis does not seem to be essential in producing an effect for self-hypnosis. Studies reporting no effect typically involved participants listening to audio recordings of hetero-hypnosis only. Meta- analysis revealed a medium-to-large effect size for self-hypnosis in clinical treatment.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:2326-5523
Group:Faculty of Science & Technology
ID Code:31277
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:26 Sep 2018 11:31
Last Modified:21 Nov 2018 10:42

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