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A NOTE ON MOTHER‐CHILD SEPARATION AS A MENTAL HEALTH HAZARD*

A NOTE ON MOTHER‐CHILD SEPARATION AS A MENTAL HEALTH HAZARD* [ 247 1 A NOTE ON MOTHER-CHILD SEPARATION AS A MENTAL HEALTH HAZARD* BY JOHN BOWLBY My attention has been drawn to the fact that is that, although the study showed that there various professional workers are implying that was much variation of outcome, it did nothing I no longer regard the separation of young to cast doubt on the many studies which indi- children from their mother-figures as a serious cate that some children in their personality development suffer grave damage and others mental-health hazard. Since this is not so, I am writing this note to describe my position. lesser damage from a separation experience; My belief is that a misunderstanding has nor did it detract in any way from the studies, arisen from a paper published in this Journal such as that of Prugh, Staub, Sands, Kirsch- eighteen months ago (Bowlby, Ainsworth, baum & Lenihan (1953), which confirm the Boston & Rosenbluth, 1956). In it we pre- common observation that during a separation sented the findings of a study in which data experience and after return home a majority derived from teachers’ reports and test per- of young children are emotionally disturbed. Summing up the lessons of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice Wiley

A NOTE ON MOTHER‐CHILD SEPARATION AS A MENTAL HEALTH HAZARD*

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Publisher
Wiley
Copyright
Copyright © 1958 Wiley Subscription Services, Inc., A Wiley Company
ISSN
1476-0835
eISSN
2044-8341
DOI
10.1111/j.2044-8341.1958.tb01971.x
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Abstract

[ 247 1 A NOTE ON MOTHER-CHILD SEPARATION AS A MENTAL HEALTH HAZARD* BY JOHN BOWLBY My attention has been drawn to the fact that is that, although the study showed that there various professional workers are implying that was much variation of outcome, it did nothing I no longer regard the separation of young to cast doubt on the many studies which indi- children from their mother-figures as a serious cate that some children in their personality development suffer grave damage and others mental-health hazard. Since this is not so, I am writing this note to describe my position. lesser damage from a separation experience; My belief is that a misunderstanding has nor did it detract in any way from the studies, arisen from a paper published in this Journal such as that of Prugh, Staub, Sands, Kirsch- eighteen months ago (Bowlby, Ainsworth, baum & Lenihan (1953), which confirm the Boston & Rosenbluth, 1956). In it we pre- common observation that during a separation sented the findings of a study in which data experience and after return home a majority derived from teachers’ reports and test per- of young children are emotionally disturbed. Summing up the lessons of

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Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and PracticeWiley

Published: Dec 1, 1958

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