AbstractTouch is one of the first senses to develop in the womb and is the most developed sense at birth. However, unlike the other senses, touch is the most social sense as touch involves another person (Field, 2001). The purpose of this study was to examine whether touch can vary, or change, self-perceptions. Results found that self-perceptions did not change due to touch of the opposite gender, touch from people from other cultures, or touch from people of differing age groups. There was also no statistically significant relationship between the frequency of touch in the family and self-perceptions. Findings did reveal a positive relationship between need for interpersonal touch and self- perceptions; as one rises so does the other.
Keywords: touch, self-perceptions, individual need for interpersonal touch, transcultural touch, cross-gender touch, inter-age touch, touch in the family