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

Aggressive adolescents benefit from massage therapy.

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Touch Research Institutes, University of Miami School of Medicine, Florida 33101, USA.


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.

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