Participant Info

First Name
Yolanda
Last Name
Lusane
Institution
It Takes a Village
Address
City
Washington
State
DC
Country
United States
Postal Code
20011
Phone
202-423-3939
Title of Symposium
IS THE EFFECT OF INFANT MASSAGE DIFFERENT BASED ON GENDER
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Yolanda Lusane ([email protected])

Topics to be Addressed:
Sensori-motor development
Ages of Research Subjects
infancy
Details of Research Subjects
Humans
Symposium Proposal Text (type or paste from Word doc)

For centuries, massage has been used in cultures throughout the world to support, enhance, stimulate, and encourage development of infants and young children.  Studies have indicated that massage has positive effects on many disease processes and conditions in children.  Specifically, massage therapy can assist in enhancing the growth of infants, increasing attentiveness, decreasing depression and aggression, reducing pain, and enhancing immune function.  The effects of massage on enhancing development of children with various types of health conditions and of various ages have been explored; however, determining whether there are differences in response to massage based on the gender of the child has not been studied.  The purpose of this study was to complete a secondary data analysis of existing research data to determine whether there is a significant difference in the effect of infant massage based on gender.  There was insufficient evidence to determine that massage influenced weight gain or head circumference of premature infants based on gender.  Multiple regression analysis results were nonsignificant but trending toward significance. 

Key Words:  Infants, Children, Massage, Prematurity, Gender, Sex.

Personal Info

Is this a Young Investigator Symposium?
Yes
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