A lot of love in the preschool years leads to emotionally stable teens


Research shows that children preschoolers who were given a lot of love and support from their parents or guardians have greater emotional stability in his childhood and adolescence. The study authors have linked the growth of the hippocampus region of the brain with better mental health, memory formation and learning. The contraction in the region leads to poor mental health and emotional instability, the study found.

Dr. Joan Luby, professor of child psychiatry at Washington University in St. Louis, and the leader of the study, research emphasizes raising kids with love and care to ensure development the brain, which is crucial for mental health.

The authors of the research revealed that failed to notice any changes in the hippocampal region in relation to the affection of parents when the child reaches school age.

Luby also added that the lack of emotional support from parents does not necessarily lead to emotional disaster if the vacuum is filled with other caregivers, such as grandparents or relatives.

Previous research shows maternal affection has a strong effect on emotional development, but Luby said it is unknown how the love preschool affect the hippocampus region and mental health in adulthood.

Most caregivers in this study were women, but Luby insists that the results are applicable to other caregivers as well. She and her team studied the effects of maternal emotional support in 127 children, beginning in their preschool years.


were asked People who had no connection with children or caregivers to assess the behavior of children in a stressful situation, where children were told not to open a gift put at your arm. The evaluators observed behavior of mothers and children for 8 minutes during which the children were told to wait before opening the gift.

Children underwent scans brain waves during the investigation through their early teens. It was reported that growth in the hippocampus region in the brain of children with mothers support was twice as fast as those with parents who care less.

In the situation of gifts, support a mother attend the impatience of the child and comfort him / her. An unsupportive mother would strictly speaking either the child or ignore him / her completely.

Brandon Korman, chief of neuropsychology at Children’s Hospital in Miami Nicklaus, supported the study and said it fits perfectly with what is known about the relationship between brain development and the environment. In practice it has also been observed direct relationship between child behavior and parenting. Parents are advised to strike a balance between love and rigor.

Korman recognized the importance of good upbringing that shapes the child’s future, but the lack of it can be treated in adulthood through therapy and counseling.

Parents who are interested in learning to be more favorable can attend sessions of interaction between parents and children and other therapies.

This research was published in Proceedings National Academy of Sciences on 25 April.

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