Hodges and Tizard - case study

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Failure to form attachment: Institutional Care

Hodges and Tizard

What did they do:  

  • Followed 65 children from early life to adolesence. 
  • Children were placed into institution when less than four months - hadn't yet formed attachments.
  • Explicit policy = 'caretakers' can't form attachments with any of the children.
  • Children were assessed at regular intervals up to the age of 16.
  • Most had left and have been adopted or restored to their original families.

What did they find:


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