NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Children with mothers who love them are healthy at a later stage of their lives, according to a recent study conducted by US researchers.
The researchers found that adults who remember the unconditional love of their mothers are less likely to get sick and less likely to be depressed.
Researchers believe that growing in a loving home would reduce stress and encourage a person to live well.
To confirm the results, researchers from Michigan State University analyzed data from the National Development Survey in the United States, involving more than 22,000 people.
The first study followed adults in the mid-1940s for 18 years, while the second study followed those who were 50 or older for six years.
In both trials participants were asked about their parents' understanding of their problems as children, how much affection they gave and how much they tried to teach them about the world, and whether they had been diagnosed with diseases, including thyroid disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and depression.
The results showed that participants who reported receiving high levels of affection from their mothers were healthier and less likely to be depressed.
The research was published in the journal Health Psychology.