Examining the EMDR Flash Technique on Racial Trauma and Incorporating Family Functioning

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2023-12
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To address the significant psychological effects of racial trauma, this dissertation assessed the efficacy of self-administered Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing – Flash Technique (EMDR-FT) in reducing distress from racial trauma memories and delved into the role of family function. Conducted in summer 2023, the study employed the Subjective Units of Disturbance (SUDs) Scale and executed an ANOVA for EMDR-FT's effectiveness and a multiple regression model for family's role in trauma healing. While the EMDR-FT showed promise in reducing distress, the family dynamics model was inconclusive, hinting at the need for further exploration. These findings equip marriage and family therapists with a novel tool for addressing racial trauma and underscore the potential of self-administered therapeutic methods. Overall, this research offers a fresh perspective on racial trauma treatment, emphasizing the importance of EMDR-FT in therapeutic practices and future research.

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Family Functioning, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Online self-help tool, Racial Trauma, Brief intervention, Self-administrated therapy
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