Research reveals that mothers and daughters have the strongest bond

Over the course of history, no-one has been able to pinpoint exactly why the mother-daughter bond is so magical.

Beyond what seems like endless bickering and the doling out of advice we never seem to take, it has been proven that the mother-daughter bond stands the test of time as the closest bond out of any immediate family relationship.

When scientists carried out a study to find out why depression and mood disorders pass between mums and their daughters, they discovered that the pair had the strongest bonds out of any family members.

Using MRI scanners, the researchers analysed the behaviour of 35 ‘functional’ families to find out how different family members regulate their emotions.

Also looking into mother-son, father-daughter, and father-son associations, the scanner found something unique about mother to daughter associations.

‘The association between mother-daughter was significantly greater than mother-son, father-daughter, and father-son associations,’ said researchers in The Journal of Neuroscience.

Although this may feel like old news to mothers and daughters, the groundbreaking research is the first of its kind.

‘Our study’s uniqueness is that we’re the first one to get the whole family and scan both parents and offspring to look at how similar their brain networks are,’ said the lead author on the project, Fumiko Hoeft, to the Scientific American.

‘We joke about inheriting stubbornness or organisation – but we’ve never actually seen that in human brain networks before. [This research] was a proof of impact.’
According to these results, this means that mothers and daughters are more likely to understand and relate to the emotions of each other than anyone else.

Although we may joke about inheriting traits from our mother, the proof is in the pudding – we clearly have more in common than we first thought…