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Parental affection in childhood vital to well-being as adults

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  23 Dec 2015 12:00 AM GMT

New York, Dec 22: Did you get to cuddle with your parents, play freely and feel supported in childhood? Childhood experiences like these appear to have a lot to do with well-being in adulthood, says a new study. Childhood experiences that match with evolved needs lead to better outcomes in adulthood, the findings showed. “Humans evolved with a nest of care for their young that matches up with the maturatiol schedule of the child. It was shaped over 30 million years ago and modified through human evolution,” said one of the researchers Darcia rvaez, professors of psychology at University of Notre Dame in India, US. In describing this niche, rvaez emphasised six components — soothing, turalistic perital experiences; responsiveness to a baby’s needs including sensitivity to the sigls of the baby before the baby cries; constant physical presence with plenty of affectiote touch; extensive breastfeeding; playful interactions with caregivers and friends; and a community of affectiote, mindful caregivers. (IANS)

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