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Child Care and the Growth of Love
In this third and final volume, Bowlby completes the trilogy Attachment and Loss, his work on the importance of the parental relationship to mental health and examines the ways in which young children respond to a temporary or permanent loss of a mother-figure and the expressions of anxiety, grief and mourning which accompany such loss.
Paperback, 256 pages
Published July 30th 1953 by Penguin Books
(first published 1953)
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Aug 27, 2013 Bionic Jean rated it really liked it
Child Care and the Growth of Love is an important seminal work by John Bowlby, the main British psychologist, psychiatrist and psychoanalyst responsible for developing attachment theory in the early 1950's. His work is based on Konrad Lorenz' work on imprinting in ducklings. Bowlby's thesis, similar to that of Freud, is that neglect in the early years of childhood (and specifically the first 2 years of life) has a profound effect on the development and mental health of the child. Such is the ...more
Ths book shows how the lack of a close relationship with a caring adult in the first three years of life can cause a child to grow up unable to form close relationships, and to lack empathy for other people.