Ongoing mechanism in the tactile communication between children and adults in picture storybooks for 4-to-6-yearolds

Eryiğit, Sümeyra
The purpose of this study is to investigate the characteristics of meaning categories for individual touches in picture storybooks for 4-to-6-year-olds and related contextual factors and descriptive features. The sample of the study involves 489 picture storybooks for 4-to-6-year-olds. Qualitative analysis and inferential statistics were conducted. Ali Dayı Children Library in Ankara was chosen as the site to collect data, which required three weeks. Data was collected through a codebook, which was developed prior to the study. The findings of the study reveal that a positive affect touch, is the most common touch, in the images of a picture storybook. It is also found that female children and adults tend to touch more than male children and adults. Furthermore, most of the touching behavior is displayed by mothers. During tactile communication, hands and a whole body of the child is preferred, to other body parts. Also, touch was mostly initiated by adults. Finally, the main meaning categories of individual touching is significantly related with sex of the author, sex of the illustrator, translation status, sex of the adult, location of the adult, the relationship between the child and the adult, the style of touch, the body part that is touched, the nature of the social occasion, and the initiator of the touch. This study has various implications regarding publishers, authors, teachers, parents and children. 


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Citation Formats
S. Eryiğit, “Ongoing mechanism in the tactile communication between children and adults in picture storybooks for 4-to-6-yearolds,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2017.