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Bowlby's maternal deprivation hypothesis

Bowlby published this theory before publishing his attachment theory.

The maternal deprivation hypothesis stated that if an infant was unable to develop a `warm,
intimate and continuous relationship with his mother' then the child would have difficult
forming relationships with other people and be at risk…

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These findings suggest a link between early separations and later social and emotional

Strengths Weaknesses
The case study gathered a lot of detail, Historically biased
both qualitative and quantitative, from There could have been other extraneous
multiple sources using different variables- i.e. location, ethnicity,
research methods, so the…

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clinic who had their own emotional


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