Blogging The Daily Mail: Left or Right Cradling and Depression

Blogging The Daily Mail: Left or Right Cradling and Depression

Janie Lee
Sep 10, 2007

Do you cradle baby on your left or right arm? If you answered 'right' you are more likely to be suffering from stress than your left-arm cradling friends.

This according to a recent study by British researchers. We thought cradling on the left or right had to do left or righthandedness. But apparently this is not the case.

According to the article in The Daily Mail, most parents cradle on the left hand side whether they are left or righthanded.

The study included 79 new mothers in their own homes. The mothers were asked to pick up their babies and cradle them in their arms naturally, and asked about their mental state.

Forty-four of the mothers had signs of baby-related stress. Among them, 32% used their right arm to cradle their baby.

On the other hand, of those who reported no symptoms of stress or depression, 14% cradled their babies on their right side. The article recognized that the numbers taking part in the study were small; however, the scientists said the results were statistically significant.

It's important to note that the study shows a tendency only; it's not a predictor of stress or depression. Read the article here and tell us if you think there is a causal link, or your theory of what might explain the correlation.

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