Date of Award

Summer 6-1983

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)



Committee Director

Evelyn J. Singer

Committee Member

Helen Yura

Committee Member

Carl O. Helvie

Call Number for Print

Special Collections LD4331.N8B73


The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship of therapeutic touch to anxiety, blood pressure, heart rate, and respiratory rate of 30 hospitalized women between the ages of 30 and 65 with the medical diagnosis of cancer. Subjects were matched into three intervention groups; three consecutive days subjects received a five minute intervention by therapeutic touch, casual touch, or no touch. A-trait and A-state anxiety were measured by the Self-Evaluation Questionnaires developed by Spielberger, Gorsuch, and Lushene. A factorial two-way analysis of variance revealed that subjects who received intervention by therapeutio touch experienced a significant reduction in A-state anxiety, compared to subjects who received intervention by casual touch or no touch. No significant differences were found between the experimental and control groups, in blood pressure, heart rate, or respiratory rate.


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