Utilizing Qualitative Methodology: An Exploration of Infant Massage and Infant Attachment

Dr. Grace Lappin
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This article describes the methodology, framework, design, and analysis used in a case study that explored the effects of infant massage on dyadic interaction. The focus was twofold: first, to examine the interactive processes which exisedt between a caregiver and blind infant; and second, to gather data to support the literature on dyadic interactions when the caregiver regularly applied infant massage. This study was characterized by an emergent design that utilized observations, ethnomethodological manipulation of a prescribed intervention within a natural setting, interviewing, and videotaping; narrative analysis allowed the researcher to assess group relationship structures and patterns by analyzing visual and non-visual data. Through multiple, extensive observations and interviews, the caregiver’s personal experiences and her interpretations were given voice.

Keywords: Research, Infant Massage, Dyadic Synchronicity
Stream: Psychology, Cognitive Science and the Behavioural Sciences, Research Methodologies, Quantitative and Qualitative Methods
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation in English
Paper: Utilizing Qualitative Methodology

Dr. Grace Lappin

Associate Professor, Department of Special Education
Hunter College, City University of New York


Dr. Grace Lappin completed her studies at Columbia University. Her dissertation was awarded the Council for Exceptional Children’s Division on Visual Impairments (CEC-DV I) Dissertation of the Year Award in 2003. She is certified by CEC as a Professionally Recognized Special Educator and Clinical Diagnostician, the International Association of Infant Massage (IAIM) as an Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI) and by Foundations for Healthy Family Living (FHFL) as an Instructor of Infant Massage Practice (CIIM). Dr. Lappin has presented internationally on many subject areas including early childhood blindness, family literacy, teachers’ perceptions of diversity and multiculturalism, attachment formation in infants with disabilities, infant massage, and cross-cultural analysis of caregiver interactions; she maintains an active research agenda. In her private practice she addresses issues of child development, attachment, family and sibling support, and developmental variations.

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