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von Knorring AL, Söderberg A, Austin L, Uvnäs-Moberg K. Acta Paediatr. 2008; 97(9): 1265-1269.


Department of Neuroscience, Uppsala University, Sweden.


(Copyright © 2008, John Wiley and Sons)






AIM: To evaluate the effects of massage in 4- to 5-year-old children with aggression and deviant behaviour at day-care centres. METHOD: The children received daily massage in preschool at the midday rest (n = 60). The controls were listening to a story (n = 50). The Child Behaviour Checklist (CBCL) was used to rate the children's behaviour by parents and staff before the treatment started, and after 3 and 6 months. A long-term evaluation was also carried out. It included all massaged children still in daycare after 12 months (n = 34). RESULTS: Children with high scores of behaviour problems, receiving massage and/or extra attention showed significant decrease in aggression scores after 3 months, but after 6 months significantly lowered scores were only found in massage-treated deviant children. Parents of the children receiving massage rated a significant decrease of somatic problems of their children. Staff rated that the massaged children's social problems decreased, compared to the control children. Attention problems tended to decrease, especially at home. A continuous decrease in aggressive behaviour and somatic problems over a 12-month period was observed in the children receiving massage. CONCLUSION: Daily touching by massage lasting for 5-10 min could be an easy and inexpensive way to decrease aggression among preschool children.

Language: en


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