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"The Importance A Mother places on religion ... has a significant impact on the child's view of the mother-child relationship," say researchers connected with a study of how mothers rate religion in their lives. Conducted over a twenty-three-year period, it followed 860 families in Detroit, Michigan.

"The more integral religion is to a mother's identity, the better she and her child view their relationship," report sociologists Lisa Pearce and William Axinn. Why? "... high levels of personal devotion to religion are associated with more friendly and cooperative interactions, including higher levels of listening, more control of disappointment, and more control of anger ... all traits that contribute to high-quality familial relationships."

Reported by the National Institute for Healthcare Research

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