The effect of interpersonal touch during childhood on adult attachment and depression: A neglected area of family and developmental psychology?

Mika S. Takeuchi, Hitoshi Miyaoka, Atsuko Tomoda, Masao Suzuki, Qingbo Liu, Toshinori Kitamura

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    Abstract

    Interpersonal touch has been little studied empirically as an indicator of parent- and peer-child intimacy. Undergraduate students (n = 390) were studied using a questionnaire survey regarding the frequencies of interpersonal touch by father, mother, same-sex peers, and opposite-sex peers during preschool ages, grades 1-3, grades 4-6, and grades 7-9, as well as their current attachment style to a romantic partner and current depression. A path model indicated that current depression was influenced significantly by poorer self- and other-images as well as by fewer parental interpersonal touches throughout childhood. Other-image was influenced by early (up to grade 3) parental interpersonal touch. Our findings suggest that a lower frequency of parental touching during childhood influences the development of depression and contributes to a poorer image of an individual's romantic partner during later adolescence and early adulthood.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)109-117
    Number of pages9
    JournalJournal of Child and Family Studies
    Volume19
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2010 Jan

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    Keywords

    • Attachment
    • Depression
    • Interpersonal touch

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    • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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    The effect of interpersonal touch during childhood on adult attachment and depression : A neglected area of family and developmental psychology? / Takeuchi, Mika S.; Miyaoka, Hitoshi; Tomoda, Atsuko; Suzuki, Masao; Liu, Qingbo; Kitamura, Toshinori.

    In: Journal of Child and Family Studies, Vol. 19, No. 1, 01.2010, p. 109-117.

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    Takeuchi, Mika S. ; Miyaoka, Hitoshi ; Tomoda, Atsuko ; Suzuki, Masao ; Liu, Qingbo ; Kitamura, Toshinori. / The effect of interpersonal touch during childhood on adult attachment and depression : A neglected area of family and developmental psychology?. In: Journal of Child and Family Studies. 2010 ; Vol. 19, No. 1. pp. 109-117.
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