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April, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 04

New Journal Underscores Touch, Human Connection

By Editorial Staff

As its unique name implies, the Skinship Journal, a quarterly publication that made its debut in January, focuses solely on the role of touch in relationships. According to a press release issued by the journal, its name derives "from a Japanese-coined English word that denotes feelings of relatedness and affection between two people, particularly a mother and child, caused by hugging, touching, and other forms of physical contact."1

However, the journal's definition of skinship encompasses much more and seeks to examine the connections forged between people when physical contact is involved.

According to the journal's Web site, "Skinship is about our relationships with each other at the level of physical contact." 2

The Skinship Journal is available by subscription; for more information, visit or call 800-533-4263.


  1. Press Release. "Skinship Journal Begins Publication." Jan. 28, 2004. 2. Skinship Journal Web site.


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