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Month: May 2016

Linking Attachment Theory & Neuroscience

Linking Attachment Theory & Neuroscience

by June Manala Founding father of psychoanalysis Sigmund Freud (1856-1939) was a medical doctor and a neurologist before he became a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst. John Bowlby (1907-1990), who founded attachment theory, was a medical doctor, child psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, but worked as an ethnologist with animals in nature before pursuing his other professional interests. He drew on all of these areas of expertise to formulate his ideas on attachment. His follower, developmental psychologist Mary Ainsworth (1913-1999), researched attachment with mothers…

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Policy & Intervention: Promoting infant Mental Well-Being

Policy & Intervention: Promoting infant Mental Well-Being

by Barbara Chandler Sue Gerhardt writes in her 2010 book, The Selfish Society: “When I wrote ‘Why Love Matters: how affection shapes a baby’s brain’ (2004), my purpose was to explain what I had learned about the importance of babyhood as the foundation of individual emotional well-being, mental health and good character. I demonstrated the links between the quality of early care and the later incidence of depression, personality disorders and anti-social behaviour – issues that specifically concerned me as…

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