Therapeutic touch with adolescent psychiatric patients

Author: Hughes PP//Meize-Grochowski R//Harris CN
Conference/Journal: J Holist Nurs
Date published: 1996
Other: Volume ID: 14 , Issue ID: 1 , Pages: 6-23 , Word Count: 89

Seven hospitalized, adolescent psychiatric patients who received a total of 31 Therapeutic Touch treatments over two 2-week periods were interviewed about their experience. Findings from the interviews were categorized within 2 overarching themes-the therapeutic relationship and the body/mind connection. The study participants enjoyed the Therapeutic Touch, and in fact, they wanted more of it. This research shows the possibility of Therapeutic Touch as a nursing intervention with adolescent psychiatric patients if all care is taken to obtain their consent and to provide them with a safe environment for touch therapy.