Supportive family climates: Part 4 of 5 in our series on #epigenetics.

Maternal warmth can help buffer the immune system later in life.

Health research tells us that individuals lower in socioeconomic status (SES) are at higher risk of poor mental and physical health, however supportive family climates may buffer these effects.

Research suggests that maternal warmth may act as one such buffer, affecting the physiological processes that influence the immune system. The findings hint that children who grow up low in SES but who have “warm” maternal figures may be less likely to develop symptoms associated with a number of mental and physical illnesses later in life. 

What responsibility do you think society has to support families, mothers and children? Leave your comments below.

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