Just how important family relationships are can be seen in health benefits that come from warm ties. There was a study done in the fifties that took a group of randomly chosen Harvard students and asked them to describe the warmth of their relationships with their parents. Some thirty-five years later, a check of their medical records was done.
David Halpern writes that “Of those who rated their relationships with their parents as warm and close, a little under half (47 per cent) had serious diseases diagnosed in midlife, but of those who had described their relationship with their parents as strained and cold, all (100 per cent) had serious diseases diagnosed in midlife.
(Taken from David Halpern, Social Capital, Polity Press: Cambridge, 2005, p. 81.)
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