Exploring the psychological processes underlying touch : lessons from infant massage and the Alexander technique

Jones, Theresa

Clinical psychology
March 2012

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© 2012 Theresa Jones. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced without the written permission of the copyright holder.

This portfolio thesis comprises of three parts: a systematic literature review, an
empirical report and the appendices.

Part one is a systematic review looking at the relationship between infant massage and subsequent parent-infant interactions. The review brings together literature that looks at dyads with and without health problems, and explores whether outcomes differ between dyad types. The review attempts to use the findings to discuss the role of touch in dyadic processes.

Part two is an empirical paper that attempts to explore the psychological processes underlying touch through studying the Alexander Technique. Both qualitative interviews and quantitative surveys are used to address how pupils of the technique experience touch, how it changes their psychological wellbeing and how it influences the pupil-teacher relationship. Findings are discussed in terms of implications for the use of touch within psychological therapies.

Part three is made up of the appendices, including a reflective statement which discusses the researcher’s experiences of all aspects of the research process.

Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychological Therapies, The University of Hull
Glover, Lesley
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