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Touch for Socioemotional and Physical Well-Being: A Review

Touch is needed for social-emotional and physical development and well-being. In addition, there are therapeutic benefits of massage.

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  • Inclusion Criteria: Studies published between 2001 and date of publication


  1. To review:
  • The role of touch in early development, including the effects of touch deprivation and touch aversion and the effects of touch on communication, emotions and personal relationships;
  • The physiological and biochemical effects of touch;
  • Massage therapy effects on various conditions including, prematurity, pain, attentiveness, depression and immune function;
  • Virtual reality touch.

Design—Descriptive literature review



  1. Current research highlights the need for touch for socioemotional and physical development and well-being and the therapeutic benefits of massage.