Aggressive adolescents benefit from massage therapy

Miguel A. Diego, Tiffany Field, Maria Hernandez-Reif, Jon A. Shaw, Eugenic M. Rothe, Daniel Castellanos, Linda Mesner

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Seventeen aggressive adolescents were randomly assigned to a massage therapy group or a relaxation therapy group to receive 20-minute therapy sessions, twice a week for five weeks. The massaged adolescents had lower anxiety after the first and last sessions. By the end of the study, they also reported feeling less hostile and they were perceived by their parents as being less aggressive. Significant differences were not found for the adolescents who were assigned to the relaxation group.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)597-607
Number of pages11
Issue number147
StatePublished - Sep 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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