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Physical touch in a changing world: Guidance for the mental health nurse

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posted on 20.10.2021, 02:29 authored by Michelle ClearyMichelle Cleary, Catherine Hungerford
Physical contact with other people is an essential health activity (Johansson et al., 2020). For example, caring for one another is expressed through physical touch, whether it be soothing a small child who is crying, embracing a lover, or physically supporting a frail, older person (Strozier et al., 2003). Likewise, physical contact is used to connect people socially through, for example, greeting one with a handshake or, in some cultures, kissing cheeks or touching noses (Prisco, 2014). Physical touch can also be used inappropriately, as evidenced by ongoing reports of child and elder abuse or exploitation through unequal or gendered power roles (Davin et al., 2019)

History

Volume

42

Issue

2

Start Page

201

End Page

205

Number of Pages

5

eISSN

1096-4673

ISSN

0161-2840

Location

England

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Language

eng

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Federation University

Era Eligible

Yes

Medium

Print-Electronic

Journal

Issues in Mental Health Nursing