Somatic Psychology and the Parent-Child Relationship Research Proposal by Nicky

Somatic Psychology and the Parent-Child Relationship
A research proposal to explore the somatic relationship between the adult-child and his/her parents and the effectiveness of somatic psychotherapy in this area.
# 150209 | 3,736 words | 29 sources | APA | 2012 | US

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The paper explores many aspects of the relationship between somatic psychology and the parent-child relationship by examining a range of studies on the efficacy of somatic psychology, on the efficacy of sensory awareness and on the adult-child/parental relationship. The paper then proposes research that will provide insight into the effectiveness of somatic psychotherapy for the treatment of problems that are result of the parent-child relationship.

Literature Review
Somatic Psychology Efficacy Studies
Sensory Awareness Efficacy Studies
Adult-Child/ Parental Relationship Studies
Methodologies Found
Transactional Analysis Studies
Cultural Dimensions
Implications of the Parent-Child Relationship

From the Paper:

"The field of somatic psychology incorporates the effects of psychology on the body. It considers bodily states of consciousness, physical reactions, muscular patterns, chronic tension, weighs a breathing, skin color and tone, the use of bodily space, and natural pulse nations and rhythms as a potential part of the therapy process. Although the field of somatic psychology is considered to be relatively new, in practice, it has been around for many years. The mind-body connection is considered to be a familiar topic for both psychologists and physicians alike.
"Somatic psychology addresses the mind and body as a single unit. It presents an integrated approach to healing conditions of the body by attempting to understand the psychology behind the condition. The adult/child relationship has a dramatic impact on the ability of the child to learn to cope with life's challenges. The purpose of this study is to examine how somatic psychology can be used in therapy to treat a variety of somatic conditions. This is sometimes referred to as body psychotherapy. This branch of psychology is supported by recent developments in neuroscience and other related fields."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Baranek, G. (2002). Efficacy of Sensory and Motor Interventions for Children with Autism. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. 32 (5): 397-422).
  • Birditt, K., Miller, L., Fingerman, K., and Lefkowitz, E. (2009). Tensions in the parent and adult child relationship: Links to solidarity and ambivalence. Psychol Aging. 24(2):287-95.
  • Burkhardt A, Rudorf S, Brand C, Rockstroh B, Studer K, Lettke F, & Luscher K. (2007). When parents matter to their adult children: filial reliance associated with parents' depressive symptoms. Psychiatr Prax. 34(5):230-8
  • Byers AL, Levy BR, Allore HG, Bruce ML, & Kasl SV (2008). Ambivalences in the relationship of parents towards their schizophrenic or substance dependent adult child: a comparison to their relationships with healthy siblings and to ordinary parent-child-relationships. J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci. 63(1):P33-40.
  • Cremeens, J., Usdan, S., Brock-Martin, A., Martin, R., & Watkins, K. (2008). Parent-Child Communication to Reduce Heavy Alcohol Use among First-Year College Students College Student Journal, 42 (1): 152.

Cite this Research Proposal:

APA Format

Somatic Psychology and the Parent-Child Relationship (2012, January 29) Retrieved February 25, 2021, from

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"Somatic Psychology and the Parent-Child Relationship" 29 January 2012. Web. 25 February. 2021. <>