Massage therapy facilitates mother-infant interaction in premature infants

Sari Goldstein Ferber, Ruth Feldman, David Kohelet, Jacob Kuint, Shaul Dollberg, Eliana Arbel, Aron Weller

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Preterm infants (n = 51) received massage therapy in the NICU by their mothers or a female researcher, or no massage (controls). At 3 months, mothers of massaged infants were less intrusive, interactions were more reciprocal, and treated infants were more socially involved compared to controls.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)74-81
Number of pages8
JournalInfant Behavior and Development
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2005


  • Massage therapy
  • Mother-infant interaction
  • Preterm infants


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