Bowlby's Theory

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Attachment Difficulties Bowlby’s theory of Maternal Depravation held the importance of attachment issues in a child’s development and how this may impact in later life. Bowlby’s studies in the 1940’s with emotionally disturbed juveniles showed that a number of the juveniles had been separated from their mothers for a long period as a child, some of the youngsters showed no affection or care for others, this Bowlby termed as “affectionless psychopathy”. Bowlby argued that anti-social behaviour was due to separation between the mother and child. He also tried to reason that a bad home life was better for a child as the attachment between mother and child would continue. Bowlby believed that through this research working mothers should think about the child’s needs and stay at home. This can be argued as sexist and undermining to mothers as in…show more content…
Bowlby’s theory of attachment is still relevant in understanding child care issues, but in a world dominated by parental issues psychological intervention may become a way of life. “Privation, when there is failure for a person to form an attachment to any individual- through a series of early different carers or family discord, Distortion occurs through lack of stimulation and affection” ( Woods, 2006, pg 139 ). Attachment issues may continue on in later life, a person could have trouble forming relationships. A person may feel the need to seek help with these issues and a good medium for help would be short term Psychodynamic
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