23/12/2010 06:33 GMT | Updated 22/05/2015 06:12 BST

Do You Need Your Mum When You're Poorly?

Being ill makes most people regress to their childhood Being ill makes most people regress to their childhood. Photo: MorgueFile, corena

Even now you're all grown up, chances are you still need your mum more than anyone else when you're feeling under the weather. That's the conclusion of a new study by lozenge brand Lockets, which found 66 of southerners need a shoulder to cry on when they're poorly, but 45% of men from Manchester get on with it alone - so perhaps the well-worn stereotype of northerners being tougher than southerners is true after all?

The study also discovered that women from London are the biggest daddy's girls, as they are the most likely to turn to their fathers when they are ill. But more people in Wales rely on friends, rather than family, when they're unwell.

So why do we turn to our families rather than our partners when we're not feeling well? "I suspect that you will rarely get a mature woman who shares their illness with a male partner, as they tend to be less sympathetic and nurturing," explains Professor Cooper.

Who do you turn to when you're feeling poorly?

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