Many of you have heard me talk about Dr. Rosemarie Johnson and her study regarding the effectiveness of NLP and MER with “at-risk” adolescents in Kingston, Jamaica.

Many of you have asked to see the research and information for yourself. That is why I am sharing it here on my blog.

Below is a brief excerpt outlining the overview. Read through to the bottom and you will find a link to view the entire study.

The Impact of a Neuro Linguistic Programming Therapy Strategy on the Personality Functioning of “At Risk” Adolescents.

Tracey-Ann Elizabeth Coley

This study examined the effectiveness of a Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP)

therapeutic strategy, Mental and Emotional Release® (MER) Therapy, at changing

maladaptive personality functioning and improving behavioural and emotional

dysfunction in 107 “at risk” adolescents attending high school in Kingston,


This mixed methods study utilized an embedded experimental design to

measure the efficacy of the intervention. To examine the personality

structure/functioning of the students, the Rorschach was administered pre and

post intervention. The Child Behaviour Checklist (CBCL), Youth, Teacher and

Parent forms, was also administered at baseline and after exposure to MER in

order to measure the students’ behavioural and emotional functioning.


Behavioural observations and interviews with the students were also used to

evaluate the effectiveness of the intervention.


Overall, the data supported the effectiveness of MER at reducing the behavioural and emotional

problems of the adolescents although there was some variance among reporters. In terms of their

personality functioning, within group analysis revealed improvements in students’

ability to manage their emotions after exposure to MER. ~


Read the full study here: Jamaica MER Study