Irreplaceable Mom?

The blanket truth

HealthDay News

HealthDay News

Published on May 12, 2003

(HealthDayNews) -- Whoever said there's no replacement for Mom never discussed the subject with psychologists at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee.

According to the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, university researchers divided scores of 3-year-olds into four groups to see how they reacted to a pediatric examination.

The first group had their mothers and their security blankets with them for the exam. The second and third groups had either mother or blanket, but not both. The last group wasn't offered any form of security.

As you might expect, the children in the last group had the highest levels of anxiety. But ironically, the first three groups all tied for first place. That meant the children were no more happy having their mothers present than having their blankets.

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