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Your relationship with your dad may explain a lot

Author James Dunsford
Submitted 26-08-2010

How you react to daily stress in your life may depend on what type of relationship you had with your dad when you were a child, according to a new study.

According to HealthDay, researchers from California State University at Fullerton surveyed more than 900 adults, aged 25 to 74, about their stress levels and their relationships with their parents while they were growing up.

They found that men who reported poorer relationships with their fathers were 4 percent more likely to report encountering stress during the day. They were also more likely to develop a bad mood or health problems after encountering daily stress.

The most stressed out men reported that their dads showed them little warmth, support or affection, weren’t present in their lives or did not make them feel confident.

“The message is that father-son relationships are incredibly powerful,” the study’s lead author, Melanie Mallers, told the news source. “When they’re healthy, it’s hugely protective for boys.”

Fathers who want to ensure their kids grow up to be confident, functioning members of society may take some parenting advice from the study’s findings.