Women Who Have Difficulty Bonding With Their Mother Less Likely To Bond With Own Child


Women who have difficulty bonding with their mothers are less likely to bond with their own children, one Australian study suggests.

The study linked bonding difficulties with low levels of the hormone oxytocin in women.

The study, lead by researchers at the University of NSW, took blood samples from more than 100 pregnant women at Liverpool hospital. Those who reported having trouble bonding with their own mothers showed a clear deficit of oxytocin, the trust and bonding hormone, compared to those who were closer with their mothers.

“The immediate postpartum results show that what you experienced from parenting – these formative experiences – are critical in wiring your response to the oxytocin hormone,” Professor Valsamma Eapen said.

Eapen added that it’s important to focus on women who suffer from separation anxiety during pregnancy because it can help to identify negative interpersonal styles and insecure attachment. These women could be treated with early psychological interventions and oxytocin treatment.

“What we are now developing is attachment-based cognitive behavioural therapy for mums to reframe their own perspectives and attitudes to fix problems that have been pre-programmed,' Eapen said.

According to Eapen, the next phase of the research will be to follow up with the studied women in order to see how the factors influenced their attachment style and behavior.

The use of oxycotin has also been researched recently in terms of improving human relationships in general, especially for people who have autism and therefore have difficulty forming social relationships. There have also been experiments done on couples with the same hormone to determine if it can improve their relationships.

Source: DailyMail


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