Father-infant interactions are enhanced by massage therapy

Christy Cullen, Tiffany Field, Angelica Escalona, Kristin Hartshorn

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Infants were given massages by their fathers for 15 minutes prior to their daily bedtime for one month. By the end of the study, the fathers who massaged their infants were more expressive and showed more enjoyment and more warmth during floor-play interactions with their infants.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)41-47
Number of pages7
JournalEarly Child Development and Care
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2000


  • Father
  • Infants
  • Massage

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Social Psychology


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