Loving bonds can make small children more resilient to adult life's trials and tribulations.
Babies lavished with motherly affection grow up to be less anxious and stressed adults.
The link between caring and cool-headedness held true across different social classes.
At the same time, getting the cold shoulder as a wee one didn't seem to make matters worse.
Babies lavished with motherly affection are less likely to become anxious and stressed adults, according to an unusual study released Tuesday.
At the same time, tiny tots deprived of maternal tenderness do not seem to fare worse in their mid-thirties than those who receive an average dose, the study found.
Psychologists have long thought that close, loving bonds make small children more resilient to adult life's trials and tribulations.
But earlier research based on memories, good or bad, have been subject to biased recall, and could not reach back to the very earliest interplay between mother and child.
To get a more objective take on whether mommy's warmth inoculates against grownup unease, researchers led by Joanna Maselko followed up on a study done in the early 1960s in the US state of Rhode Island.