Disruption of Attachment

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Bowlby's Theory

  • 44 Juvinille Thieves were studied (aged between 5 and 16 years old).
  • Bowlby worked at the detention centre where the offenders were currently at. 
  • 17 out of the 44 had been seperated from mother before the age of 5.
  • 14 of these 17 were classed as affectionless psychopaths (no remores or guilt).
  • 12 of these 14 had suffered long maternal seperation.
  • Bowlby concluded their behaviour was caused by maternal seperation.
  • This study supported his theory that maternal seperation has negative consequences (maternal deprivation hypothesis)
  • However this study may have been prone to reseracher bias, as Bowlby worked with the juvinille thieves. 
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Robertson and Robertson

  • observed hospitialized children.
  • focused manily on a young boy called John (17 months old).
  • noticed a 3 stage distress syndrome (PDD)
  • Protest, Despair, Detachment
  • Protest - overt distress
  • Despair - calmer and unresponsive
  • Detachment - indifferent
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Evaluation of Disruption of Attachment

  • seperation does not always disrupt bond (foster parenting).
  • RD - reactive attachment disorder = Foollan and Minnis - rexamined Bowlby's 44 Thieves and compared to control concluded that early disruption is a factor of RAD.
  • Correlational or Causal? - unethical to control human contact so rely on case studies and reterospective information e.g. 44 thieves. Reterospective = unreliable
  • studies into attachment provide essential information about attachment, however they may not be applicable now as parents stay with children in hospital.
  • Bowlby's Theory's were good for the time (war) when men were away from children. But when times change, theories are questioned.
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