Influences of Contingent Touch on Infant Behavior


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Touch is one type of response-contingent behavior that parents can use to promote the acquisition of infant motor, social-emotional, and other behaviors. The influences of contingent touch on infant behavior were examined in seven studies of healthy full-term infants in this research synthesis. Contingent touch is characterized by tactile stimulation provided in response to a specific infant behavior and can increase infants’ motor responses, promote positive affective behavior, and decrease negative affective behavior. 9 Pages

Author: Tracy L. Masiello
Published: 2006