|[Published: Thursday August 26 2010]
Motherly love 'does breed confidence', researchers
Being lavished with affection by your mum as a young child makes you better able to cope with the stresses and strains of adult life, researchers say.
Hugs, kisses and expressive declarations of love appear to rub off and foster emotional resilience.
The results are from nearly 500 people, from the US state of Rhode Island, who were studied as children and adults.
A secure mother-child bond may be key, the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health reports.
But experts say it is important to know when to stop. Over-mothering can be intrusive and embarrassing, especially as children grow older. (ANA)