A recent report suggests that young men and women cope better with stress and have more self-esteem if they received greater care and nurturing from their mothers as babies.
The study measured the effect of a mother's care on the stress hormone cortisol, heart rate and perceived stress among 63 healthy adults. It was found that those adults who had received higher levels of maternal care as babies had lower cortisol levels as adults, while those who had received lower levels of care as babies had increased levels of depression, anxiety and decreased self-esteem as adults.
These finding seem to confirm what many of us intuitively already know. A mother's love and care when we are young can have long-lasting effects on our health and happiness.
The article appeared in the November 2010 issue of the Journal of Psychiatry and Neuroscience