Current Research on Child Wellbeing

Marg’s current research

Four schools across the Darwin, Palmerston and rural districts are participating in a research study called The Tapping Project. The study is being undertaken as part of a PhD study through Charles Darwin University.

The Tapping Project will investigate whether the use of Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), or Tapping, is an effective intervention for reducing anxiety and improving wellbeing in Year 6 students.

It is concerning that anxiety is being experienced by young people at rising rates of prevalence. The Tapping Project has been proposed to help find ways to support student wellbeing through teaching them some simple techniques that can be used in and outside of the classroom. EFT involves students tapping gently on points on the body whilst saying a statement of affirmation. It is a very simple and quick technique to apply.

Previous research conducted in EFT has shown positive results for reducing anxiety in students (and adults) and improving performance, and it may be a useful technique that teachers can use in the classroom for supporting student wellbeing.

The Tapping Project is being undertaken in schools in terms 2 and 3, 2018, after which an analysis of the study will be undertaken. Results of the research will include student and teacher perceptions about their experiences of using tapping.

It is expected that the PhD study will be completed by mid 2020.