The effects of yakson or gentle human touch training given to mothers with preterm babies on attachment levels and the responses of the baby: a randomized controlled trial

Can S., KAYA H.

HEALTH CARE FOR WOMEN INTERNATIONAL, vol.43, no.5, pp.479-498, 2022 (SSCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 43 Issue: 5
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/07399332.2021.1958817
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, International Bibliography of Social Sciences, Abstracts in Social Gerontology, CAB Abstracts, CINAHL, Educational research abstracts (ERA), EMBASE, Gender Studies Database, MEDLINE, PAIS International, Psycinfo, Public Affairs Index, Social services abstracts, Sociological abstracts
  • Page Numbers: pp.479-498
  • Istanbul University Affiliated: No


This study was carried out to determine the effects of the yakson or gentle human touch methods applied by mothers on their preterm new-borns on the mother's attachment levels and the baby's response. The yakson and gentle human touch methods are touch-based methods where stimuli with stress-reducing effects are given to preterm new-borns. This study was conducted with 90 women and their new-borns (Yakson = 30, gentle human touch = 30, control = 30) who were hospitalized at the neonatal intensive care unit of a state hospital in Turkey between August 2016 and August 2017. As a result, it was determined that the yakson and gentle human touch methods practiced on the new-borns by their mothers increased mother-baby attachment, contributed to sleep-calmness states, vital signs and weight gain of the baby and reduced their durations of hospital stay. Supplemental data for this article is available online at .