Massage and relaxation therapies' effects on depressed adolescent mothers

Tiffany M Field, Nancy Grizzle, Frank Scafidi, Saul Schanberg

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Abstract

Thirty-two depressed adolescent mothers received ten 30-minute sessions of massage therapy or relaxation therapy over a five-week period. Subjects were randomly assigned to each group. Although both groups reported lower anxiety following their first and last therapy sessions, only the massage therapy group showed behavioral and stress hormone changes including a decrease in anxious behavior, pulse, and salivary cortisol levels. A decrease in urine cortisol levels suggested lower stress following the five-week period for the massage therapy group.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)902-911
Number of pages10
JournalAdolescence
Volume31
Issue number124
StatePublished - Dec 1 1996

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anxiety
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  • Psychology(all)
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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Field, T. M., Grizzle, N., Scafidi, F., & Schanberg, S. (1996). Massage and relaxation therapies' effects on depressed adolescent mothers. Adolescence, 31(124), 902-911.

Massage and relaxation therapies' effects on depressed adolescent mothers. / Field, Tiffany M; Grizzle, Nancy; Scafidi, Frank; Schanberg, Saul.

In: Adolescence, Vol. 31, No. 124, 01.12.1996, p. 902-911.

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Field, TM, Grizzle, N, Scafidi, F & Schanberg, S 1996, 'Massage and relaxation therapies' effects on depressed adolescent mothers', Adolescence, vol. 31, no. 124, pp. 902-911.
Field TM, Grizzle N, Scafidi F, Schanberg S. Massage and relaxation therapies' effects on depressed adolescent mothers. Adolescence. 1996 Dec 1;31(124):902-911.
Field, Tiffany M ; Grizzle, Nancy ; Scafidi, Frank ; Schanberg, Saul. / Massage and relaxation therapies' effects on depressed adolescent mothers. In: Adolescence. 1996 ; Vol. 31, No. 124. pp. 902-911.
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