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THE EFFECTS OF MOTHER‐CHILD SEPARATION: A FOLLOW‐UP STUDY

THE EFFECTS OF MOTHER‐CHILD SEPARATION: A FOLLOW‐UP STUDY THE EFFECTS OF MOTHER-CHILD SEPARATION : A FOLLOW-UP STUDY BY JOHN BOWLBY, MARY AINSWORTH, MARY BOSTON AND DINA ROSENBLUTH* permanent impairment of the ability to make INTRODUCTION relationships. The problem This hypothesis, which had first been ad- vanced by a number of workers in the years Numerous investigations in the past twenty 1937-41 (Powdermaker, Levis & Touraine, years have made it clear that young children, 1937; Levy, 1937; Bowlby, 1940; Lowrey, who for any reason are deprived of the con- 1940; Bender & Yarnell, 1941), is, of course, a tinuous care and attention of a mother or special case of certain well-known psycho- mother-substitute, are not only temporarily analytic hypotheses regarding personality disturbed by such deprivation, but may in development. These state in effect that the core some cases suffer long-term effects which of healthy adult personality is the ability to persist. The evidence for this has been reviewed make continuous stable and co-operative by Bowlby (195 l), and reference to the litera- relationships with other persons, especially ture therefore will be confined to those studies love objects, and that the satisfactory develop- which are particularly relevant to the present ment of this ability in the adult is dependent http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice Wiley

THE EFFECTS OF MOTHER‐CHILD SEPARATION: A FOLLOW‐UP STUDY

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Wiley
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Copyright © 1956 Wiley Subscription Services, Inc., A Wiley Company
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1476-0835
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2044-8341
DOI
10.1111/j.2044-8341.1956.tb00915.x
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Abstract

THE EFFECTS OF MOTHER-CHILD SEPARATION : A FOLLOW-UP STUDY BY JOHN BOWLBY, MARY AINSWORTH, MARY BOSTON AND DINA ROSENBLUTH* permanent impairment of the ability to make INTRODUCTION relationships. The problem This hypothesis, which had first been ad- vanced by a number of workers in the years Numerous investigations in the past twenty 1937-41 (Powdermaker, Levis & Touraine, years have made it clear that young children, 1937; Levy, 1937; Bowlby, 1940; Lowrey, who for any reason are deprived of the con- 1940; Bender & Yarnell, 1941), is, of course, a tinuous care and attention of a mother or special case of certain well-known psycho- mother-substitute, are not only temporarily analytic hypotheses regarding personality disturbed by such deprivation, but may in development. These state in effect that the core some cases suffer long-term effects which of healthy adult personality is the ability to persist. The evidence for this has been reviewed make continuous stable and co-operative by Bowlby (195 l), and reference to the litera- relationships with other persons, especially ture therefore will be confined to those studies love objects, and that the satisfactory develop- which are particularly relevant to the present ment of this ability in the adult is dependent

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Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and PracticeWiley

Published: Sep 1, 1956

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