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The difference in touch patterns of infants at 6 months: on the mothers' level of depression, parenting stress, anxiety, feeling of touch and self-concept

  • THE KOREAN JOURNAL OF DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY
  • 2004, 17(3), pp.1-24
  • Publisher : The Korean Society For Developmental Psychology
  • Research Area : Social Science > Psychological Science

Kim, Sucheung 1 kjkwak 1

1서울대학교

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ABSTRACT

This study aimed to investigate the different types of touch depending on the mothers' internal states and the correlation among the internal variables 450 mothers of babies, 6-months-old, were involved. The differences in touch patterns to mothers' depression, parenting stress, anxiety, the feeling of touch, and self-concept were analysed. According to the results, the mothers who had low level of depression, parenting stress, anxiety used more various touch patterns than the mother who had high level of depression, parenting stress, anxiety. Also, those who had positive feelings of touch and self-concept used more diverse touch patterns than those who had negative feeling of touch and self-concept. That is, the optimistic mothers used both active touch and gentle touch. According to the correlation among the variables, self-concept and the feeling of touch is positively correlated. Mothers' level of depression, anxiety and parenting stress are positively correlated. However, each self-concept and feeling of touch is negatively correlated to depression, parenting stress, and anxiety. There, it is supposed that the group of positive self-concept are likely to be positive to the touch, and to feel less depression, stress, and anxiety. The positive self-concept has effect on the touch that plays important role in infancy development. So, helping mothers to have positive self-concept is critical issues in nursing.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.