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Mother's affection at 8 months predicts emotional distress in adulthood: errors in interpretation
  1. Andrew J P Francis
  1. Correspondence to Professor Andrew J P Francis, Psychology, RMIT University, Plenty Road, Bundoora, 3083, Australia; andrew.francis{at}rmit.edu.au

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In their study of childhood determinants of adult mental health, Maselko and colleagues reported in this journal that their findings ‘provide strong support for the assertion that even very early life experiences can influence adult health’ (p 4).1 This claim is substantively based on an association they found (using regression analyses) between a measure of observed maternal affection towards their child at the age of 8 months, derived from archival data supplied by the National …

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