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Young male Italians known as "mammone", or mummy's boys, are particularly attached to their mother's apron strings.
It seems to me that being a 'mammone' depends a lot upon the education Italian kids are receiving at home.
Considering the eternal debate in Italy over the country's supposedly overly sheltered mammone, the case has garnered widespread publicity.
But in recent years, the folkloric image of the doting Italian mother has been joined in the national consciousness by something a tad less idyllic: the mammone, or mama's boy, the hyper-coddled son (daughters are statistically less susceptible) who grows up so attached to his home, and to his
More recently, psychologists and economists believe the mammone problem is rooted in the economic precariousness of a debt-ridden nation that has been in gradual decline since its post-World War II boom.
Even in Italy, the land of the mammone - or mummy's boy - the boy's sheltered life has alarmed authorities.