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Affective Touch and Regulation of Stress Responses.

Kidd, T, Dferevine, SL and Walker, SC (2022) Affective Touch and Regulation of Stress Responses. Health Psychology Review. pp. 1-50. ISSN 1743-7199

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Much has been documented on the association between stress and health. Both direct and indirect pathways have been identified and explored extensively, helping us understand trajectories from healthy individuals to reductions in well-being, and development of preclinical and disease states. Some of these pathways are well established within the field; physiology, affect regulation, and social relationships. The purpose of this review is to push beyond what is known separately about these pathways and provide a means to integrate them using one common mechanism. We propose that social touch, specifically affective touch, may be the missing active ingredient fundamental to our understanding of <i>how</i> close relationships contribute to stress and health. We provide empirical evidence detailing how affective touch is fundamental to the development of our stress systems, critical to the development of attachment bonds and subsequent social relationships across the life course. We will also explore how we can use this in applied contexts and incorporate it into existing interventions.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: attachment; c-tactile; stress; touch; 1701 Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Psychology (from Sep 2019)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2022 11:23
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2022 11:30
DOI or ID number: 10.1080/17437199.2022.2143854
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/18181
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