ERIC Number: ED153281
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Patients' Perceptions of Touch during Labor.
Penny, Karen M. Stolte; Friedman, Paul G.
An exploratory study using interviews of 150 postpartum patients was conducted to determine their perceptions of the touching they received during labor. Answers to the interview questions were analyzed in terms of overall perceptions, positive experiences, and negative experiences, and selected demographic variables were examined for differences between those who had positive and those who had negative perceptions of touching during labor. The results show that, in general, being touched was a positive experience; young subjects (ages 15 through 19), nonwhites, and single or divorced subjects perceived touch more negatively than older, white, and married subjects. Variables were also analyzed regarding who gave the touch, the part of the body touched, and the meaning of touch to the receiver. Attitudes toward touch were shown to be context-related. Suggestions for hospital staff are given, based on the research results, and several hypotheses are presented for further research. (CC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Communication Association (Chicago, Illinois, April 25-29, 1978)