Aggressive adolescents benefit from massage therapy

Adolescence. Fall 2002;37(147):597-607.

Abstract

Seventeen aggressive adolescents were randomly assigned to a massage therapy group or a relaxation therapy group to receive 20-minute therapy sessions, twice a week for five weeks. The massaged adolescents had lower anxiety after the first and last sessions. By the end of the study, they also reported feeling less hostile and they were perceived by their parents as being less aggressive. Significant differences were not found for the adolescents who were assigned to the relaxation group.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Behavior / psychology*
  • Aggression / psychology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Massage / methods*
  • Psychology, Adolescent
  • Random Allocation
  • Social Behavior Disorders / therapy*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires