Tuesday, 27 July 2010

Toxic mothers

Do you have a loving mother? Well, if you do, then you are very lucky. You are likely to have grown up with good self esteem and you are likely to be good at handling the stresses of life.
If a mother is emotionally cold or hostile, then a child more likely to grow up suffering from anxiety and have a poor self image.

These findings came from a study carried out at Rhode Island over a thirty year period. The researchers studied interactions between mothers and babies and interviewed the ‘babies’ again thirty years later to see how they had turned out. The results were published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.

Many people have the misfortune to have odd mothers, but hostile, critical mothers who don’t show their children that they love or want them do a lot of damage.



MrsF said...

Well I am very lucky to have a wonderful mum but I can see how damaging it would be to have a hostile relationship. Afterall your mum is one of the few people in life that is supposed to love and support you unconditionally. I do wonder though how the researchers managed to observe these mums without producing a behavioural bias?

Sue's Blog said...

Greetings Mrs. F
I’m not sure of the methods used in this study, but the findings are very interesting.