Date of Award
Open Access Thesis
Master of Social Work (MSW)
Literature exists that reflects the growing use of therapeutic touch within the health care field. This qualitative study was undertaken to expand the knowledge of implementing therapeutic touch into social work practice. This interpretive study presents shared meanings and a common theme uncovered, using hermeneutics research methodology, in the transcribed tests of in-depth interviews with social workers that are utilizing therapeutic touch practices. One theme - healing - was traced throughout the participants' narratives and was verified through excerpts from the texts of their interviews. Discussion of related literature expanded the interpretations presented. Implications for social work practice and policy are discussed.
Greene, Sheila V., "Social Workers' Experience of Implementing Therapeutic Touch: A Hermeneutic Study" (2001). Theses and Graduate Projects. 806.