Clinical hypnosis with school-age children

Arch Psychiatr Nurs. 1990 Apr;4(2):131-6. doi: 10.1016/0883-9417(90)90020-l.


Despite the fact that nurses are in key positions to learn and use hypnosis to bolster a child's symptom management, ability to solve problems, or self-esteem, they lack knowledge about the clinical effectiveness of hypnosis. Substantial clinical literature demonstrates that hypnosis effectively reduces anxiety, enhances coping, and has been used successfully to treat behavior disorders, school phobias, and sleep disorders. Hypnosis can effectively reduce a child's anxiety and symptoms and has few side effects when used competently. With education and supervision, nurses can effectively use hypnosis to improve a child's mastery and self-esteem and to reduce severe levels of anxiety.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Anxiety Disorders / nursing*
  • Anxiety Disorders / psychology
  • Anxiety Disorders / therapy
  • Child
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hypnosis / methods*
  • Internal-External Control
  • Nursing Assessment
  • Power, Psychological
  • Self Concept