Emotional Freedom Techniques for Reducing Anxiety and Cortisol Level in Pregnant Adolescent

Blood cortisol results proved that Tapping contributed significantly (57%) to lowering anxiety levels and lowered (43%) blood cortisol level, indirectly affected the readiness to face childbirth process.

2018: Unnes Journal of Public Health (Indonesia)


Anxiety during pregnancy in primiparous mother will be a hard burden because of the immature both psycologic and reproductive organs which can increase the risk of maternal mortality, infant mortality, prolonged childbirth, LBW, postpartum depression, etc. An effort to minimize the anxiety is the implementation of EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) during the third trimester.

This research purposed to assess the effectiveness of EFT to decrease anxiety in facing childbirth. This research used the quasi-experimental pre-test and post-test method of treatment and control. The treatment was done during the third trimester, started and followed for 3 months ie month 7th, 8th, 9th. The EFT was implemented every month then continued independently by the mother, until before childbirth process. The research instrument used TMAS (Taylor Manifest Anxiety Scale) and cortisol blood test. The subjects were 38 respondents consisted of 19 interventions and 19 controls.

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