Bowlby's Attachment Theory

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Analytic enquiry of the middle child:
While we talk of the middle child and their behavior perhaps Bowlby 's attachment theory could bring more insight as we look into life of the middle child earlier in their life. Bowlby believed that that mental health and behavioral problems could be attributed to early childhood. Bowlby’s evolutionary theory of attachment suggests that children come into the world biologically preprogrammed to form attachments with others, because this will help them to survive. This attachment is primarily done with the mother and that humans have been actually developed a biological need to stay attached to the mother.
Bowlby postulates that this attachment figure this single attachment was a secure base for the child to hold on to and explore the world. This attachment served as the foundation of all of the child 's relationship in the future. Bowlby (1951) claimed that mothering is most critical in the first two years and remains risky till the first five years, which could have long term consequences if the attachment figure is broken or dusrupted during this time. Bowlby then used the term 'maternal deprivation ' to explain the loss of the mother or the faikure to develop an attachment. The underlying assumption of Bowlby’s Maternal Deprivation Hypothesis is that continual disruption of the attachment between infant and primary caregiver (i.e. mother) could result in long term cognitive, social, and emotional difficulties for that child. This
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