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By Kathleen Doheny
Reviewed by John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on August 16, 2010 

Men who have fond childhood memories of their dads have better coping skills when dealing with stress as an adult, according to new research.

A good relationship with Mom helps reduces psychological distress, too, but the relationship with Dad seems key in a man’s ability to cope with everyday hassles such as traffic and financial pressure, says Melanie Mallers, PhD, an assistant professor of psychology at California State University, Fullerton, who presented her findings at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association in San Diego.

”Men who experienced a good relationship with their fathers are doing better at coping with stress,” she says.

She’s talking about ”daily stressors that are the things literally make or break the ebb and flow of our lives,” such as coping with traffic or a boss who piles on too much work.

For the study, she interviewed 912 adult men and women, ages 25 to 74. Survey respondents described their daily experiences over an eight-day period, telling whether they were nervous, sad or depressed. They reported each day if they had a stressful event, such as an argument, tension related to work or family or a disagreement with anyone.

Read in Full:  http://psychcentral.com/news/2010/08/16/good-dad-good-coping-skills-later/16880.html



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