Journal of Nonverbal Behavior

, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp 49–55 | Cite as

The use of interpersonal touch in securing compliance

  • Frank N. WillisJr.
  • Helen K. Hamm


Direct gaze and a personal approach distance have been shown to increase compliance in a face to face situation. In the present study touch was varied along with gender and difficulty of request to assess the effects upon rate of compliance. The results indicated that touch was important in securing compliance, moreso if the request was more difficult, and most important in securing same gender compliance.


Social Psychology Personal Approach Approach Distance Interpersonal Touch Study Touch 
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© Human Sciences Press 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • Frank N. WillisJr.
    • 1
  • Helen K. Hamm
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of MissouriKansas City

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