Infants’ Need for Touch

  title={Infants’ Need for Touch},
  author={Tiffany Martini Field},
  journal={Human Development},
  pages={100 - 103}
  • T. Field
  • Published 28 March 2002
  • Medicine
  • Human Development
Clinical psychologists’ views and experiences of touch in therapy
The importance and function of touch has been of interest to philosophers and scientists over many centuries. Research has uncovered remarkable neurobiological processes linking touch to enhanced
Assessing Individual Differences in the Need for Interpersonal Touch and Need for Touch
The present study investigates individual differences in the automatic use of haptic information from interpersonal touch. We present a questionnaire assessing individual differences in the need for
Development and Validity Testing of a Measure of Touch Deprivation
The goal of the present study was to develop and validate a measure of touch deprivation. One hundred ninety-eight undergraduate students completed the measure. The measure was shown to be both
A Pedagogy for Precarious Times: Religious Education and Vulnerability
  • J. Ayres
  • Education
    Religious Education
  • 2021
Abstract To live is to be vulnerable. The fact of our fragility has been laid bare in some of the crises we face in public life in the United States: an uncontained pandemic, relentless racist
Digitally-mediated parent–baby touch and the formation of subjectivities
This article examines how the use of emergent smart baby monitors re-mediates parent–baby touch, notions of connection, parental sensing and the interpretation of babies’ bodies, and contributes to
New Onset COVID-Related Delusional Disorder in a Patient with Health Anxiety: A Case Report
Touch deprivation has an adverse effect on body image and changes in intimate and sexual behaviors in a nationally representative sample of American Adults and the consequences of isolating the elderly are studied.
The persuasive power of robot touch. Behavioral and evaluative consequences of non-functional touch from a robot
Students who encountered a humanoid robot that either did or did not touch their hand in a non-functional manner during a counseling conversation reported better feelings compared to those who were not touched, and there were no effects of robot touch on subjective evaluations of the robot or on the interaction experience.
Touch-Hunger: An Unexplored Consequence of the COVID-19 Pandemic
  • Sanyukta Golaya
  • Psychology, Medicine
    Indian journal of psychological medicine
  • 2021
An underrated and relatively unexplored consequence of the novel COVID-19 pandemic is the phenomenon of touch hunger, which has increasingly emerged among individuals and may be contributing to other more observable psychological and psychiatric manifestations of distress and illness.


Preschoolers in America are touched less and are more aggressive than preschoolers in France
Forty French and American preschool children were observed on playgrounds with their parents and peers. The American parents watched and touched their children less than the French parents. The
Touch: Its Communicative Functions in Infancy
The communicative functions that the tactile modality serves in infancy have been severely neglected by researchers. The present article highlights the importance of touch by addressing two
Early Tactile Experience of Low Birth Weight Children: Links to Later Mental Health and Social Adaptation
Nurturing touch was the only quality that showed even a modest relationship to other caregiving behaviour, suggesting that touch may play a distinct role in the infant's psychosocial development.
Emotion Regulation Via Maternal Touch.
The results suggest that infants' emotions may be elicited by specific parameters of touch.
Massage Therapy Facilitates Weight Gain in Preterm Infants
Studies from several labs have documented a 31 to 47% greater weight gain in preterm new-borns receiving massage therapy compared with standard medical treatment.
Young infants’ touch preferences during mother-infant interactions
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Developmental catch-up, and deficit, following adoption after severe global early privation. English and Romanian Adoptees (ERA) Study Team.
  • M. Rutter
  • Medicine
    Journal of child psychology and psychiatry, and allied disciplines
  • 1998
It was concluded that the remaining cognitive deficit was likely to be a consequence of gross early privation, with psychological privation probably more important than nutritional privation.
Preschoolers' Cognitive Performance Improves Following Massage∗
Preschoolers (Mage = 4 years, 4 months) were given WPPSI subtests, including Block Design, Animal Pegs and Mazes, before and after receiving a 15‐minute massage or spending 15 minutes reading stories
The effects of systematic stroking versus tickling and poking on infant behavior