A Meta-Analysis of Hypnotic Interventions for Depression Symptoms: High Hopes for Hypnosis?

  title={A Meta-Analysis of Hypnotic Interventions for Depression Symptoms: High Hopes for Hypnosis?},
  author={Leonard S. Milling and Keara E Valentine and Hannah McCarley and Lindsey M. LoStimolo},
  journal={American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis},
  pages={227 - 243}
This meta-analysis quantifies the effectiveness of hypnosis for treating the symptoms of depression. To be included in the meta-analysis, studies were required to use a between-subjects or mixed-model design in which a hypnotic intervention for depression was compared with a control condition in reducing depression symptoms. Of 197 records screened, 10 studies incorporating 13 trials of hypnosis met the inclusion criteria. The mean weighted effect size for 13 trials of hypnosis at the end of… 
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