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February 29, 2004

Touch Important For Older Kids Too

Over and over I have posted articles about the importance of touch, especially in infants and young children. Preliminary studies indicate that touch is important with helping reduce aggression in older children.

And while this study doesn't prove that lack of touch increases aggression, Dr. Tiffany Field said, monkey studies suggest one possible way this link might work. Monkeys who have been deprived of touch have shown a drop in the level of serotonin, she wrote. Their levels of cortisol increase, which makes them more agitated and aggressive. At the same time, massage therapy has been shown to lower the level of cortisol and increase the level of serotonin hence, a relationship between increased touch and decreased aggression.

Posted by linda at February 29, 2004 10:10 PM

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