JOHN BOWLBY

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CRIME
JOHN BOWLBY ­ MATERNAL DEPRIVATION
AIM ­ to find a link between maternal deprivation and criminal behaviour
DESIGN
Natural study
PROCEDURE
44 boy offenders
Questionnaire ­ asked about their crime and relationship with parents
RESULTS
14 felt no guilt ­ 12 suffered maternal deprivation
30 felt guilt ­ 5 suffered maternal deprivation
CONCLUSION
Being separated from your mother before the age of 2 can increase your criminal behaviour and
become an affectionless psychopath
EVALUATION
Strength Weakness
All types of crimes analysed so generalisable Small sample size
Reliable ­ questioned 3 people so more info All boys ­ gender bias (but males mainly commit
crime)
Only investigated criminal with maternal
deprivation and not innocent people with
maternal deprivation
Ignores other factors

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