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affectional bond

affectional bond  

The emotional tie between an infant and its mother or carer, forming the basis of the relationship with which attachment theory is concerned.
anaclitic depression

anaclitic depression  

A form of depression manifested by infants, usually triggered by sudden separation from a parent after having had a normal relationship for at least six months, characterized by crying, apprehension, ...
animal–human comparisons

animal–human comparisons  

Comparisons of the behaviour or test performance between humans and other species have been used in three main ways, two of which will be discussed only briefly here.The first ...
bereavement

bereavement  

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Loss of a relative or friend through death; the grief reaction that often follows such a loss. [From Old English bereafian to plunder]
bonding

bonding  

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(bond-ing)1 (in psychology) the development of a close and selective relationship, such as that of attachment.2 (in dentistry) the attachment of dental restorations, sealants, and orthodontic ...
child abuse

child abuse  

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The maltreatment of children. It may take the form of sexual abuse, when a child is involved in sexual activity by an adult; physical abuse, when physical injury is caused by cruelty or undue ...
district nurse

district nurse  

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A trained nurse with special training in domiciliary services, usually employed by a primary care trust or health board. District nurses may also be allocated to a designated general practice, an ...
hospitalism

hospitalism  

A term introduced in 1945 by the Austrian psychoanalyst René A(rpad) Spitz (1887–1974) to denote the physical and psychological effects on an infant (up to 18 months old) of prolonged and total ...
imprinting

imprinting  

1. the imposition of a stable behavior pattern in a young animal by exposure, during a particular period in its development, to one of a restricted set of stimuli. 2. See parental imprinting.
John Bowlby

John Bowlby  

(1907–90)A British psychoanalyst famous for his work on the early separation of an infant from his or her mother, positing a biological attachment need to explain both the infant's immediate ...
love

love  

Love me little, love me long love of great intensity is unlikely to last; proverbial saying, early 16th century.love me, love my dog proverbial saying, early 16th century; St Bernard in a sermon says ...
maternal deprivation

maternal deprivation  

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Inadequate mothering, whether delivered by the mother or another primary carer, during the first six months of life, leading to a failure of attachment, or more generally inadequate mothering during ...
mental health

mental health  

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Syn: mental hygiene. The branch of health care and public health concerned with prevention and control of diseases of the mind. It is classified as conditions in which brain function is affected from ...
Oedipus complex

Oedipus complex  

In psychoanalysis, an organized collection of loving and hostile feelings of a child towards its parents, reaching its peak during the phallic stage between 3 and 5 or 6 years of age, dissolving with ...
reactive attachment disorder

reactive attachment disorder  

A mental disorder of infancy or early childhood (beginning before age 5 years) characterized by disturbed and developmentally inappropriate patterns of social relating, not resulting from mental ...
separation anxiety

separation anxiety  

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A state of distress and fear at the prospect of leaving familiar people (e.g. parents) and secure surroundings, such as is experienced by some children when they first go to school. It may be caused ...

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