Studies of Privation


Privation refers to a complete lack of attachment figure, for instance in children raised in institutional care where secure attachment is not possible due to staff turn over, high ratio of children to carers or management policy that discourages any form of special relationship between carers and the children.


It is important to note that such forms of childcare are no longer found in the UK and this is partly, if not completely, due to the work of Bowlby.


One classic study into the long term effects of maternal privation was by Hodges and Tizard (1989)



Click on this link to read a paper on the Hodges and Tizard Study


Print out the paper and read it, taking notes as you go along.


Now answer the questions that follow on the next page.