Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disordered children and adolescents benefit from massage therapy
Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
First Committee Member
Tiffany Field, Committee Chair
The present study involved 30 children and adolescents between the ages of 7 and 18 (M = 13) diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The children were randomly assigned to a wait-list control and a massage group. The latter group received massage therapy for 20 minutes twice per week over the course of one month. Mood state improved for the massage but not the control group based on smiley face and thermometer scales. The massage group also improved in classroom behavior in the areas of the Conners Teacher Rating Scales on anxiety, daydreaming and hyperactivity. The wait-list control group did not show these gains. In sum, the results revealed that massage therapy benefited children and adolescents with ADHD by improving short-term mood state and longer-term classroom behavior.
Psychology, Behavioral; Psychology, Clinical
Abrams, Sonya Marisa, "Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disordered children and adolescents benefit from massage therapy" (1999). Dissertations from ProQuest. 3681.