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Touch. Why does touch matter?. Makes us better communicators Vital to our physical and mental health. Essential to our survival. Consequences of T ouch Deprivation. Marasmus : means “wasting away” in Greek.

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why does touch matter
Why does touch matter?

Makes us better communicators

Vital to our physical and mental health.

Essential to our survival

consequences of t ouch deprivation
Consequences of Touch Deprivation

Marasmus: means “wasting away” in Greek.

In the 19th century, more than half of all infants died in the first year of life. Doctors later discovered the disease was caused by lack of touch.

In the 20th century, Ashley Montagu, found that children who were deprived of touch had small lines of retarded growth in their bones.

benefits of touch
Benefits of Touch

Biological: studies on infants link touch directly to healthy physical development. Known to reduce stress. (cortisol)

Communication: touch produces a series of neural, glandular, muscular and mental changes that we interpret as emotion

Psychological: Provides reassurance, comfort, self esteem, learning.

Social: trust, understanding others, interpersonal relationships are healthier.


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