Massage Reduces Anxiety in Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Patients

TIFFANY FIELD, CONNIE MORROW, CHAD VALDEON, SANDRA LARSON, CYNTHIA KUHN, SAUL SCHANBERG

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Abstract

A 30-minute back massage was given daily for a 5-day period to 52 hospitalized depressed and adjustment disorder children and adolescents. Compared with a control group who viewed relaxing videotapes, the massaged subjects were less depressed and anxious and had lower saliva cortisol levels after the massage. In addition, nurses rated the subjects as being less anxious and more cooperative on the last day of the study, and nighttime sleep increased over this period. Finally, urinary cortisol and norepinephrine levels decreased, but only for the depressed subjects.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)125-131
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Volume31
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1992

Keywords

  • child/adolescent psychiatric patients
  • massage

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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