Mankind has always been sentimental about the love of a mother for her child. The tacit assumption is that such love is universal (despite much evidence to indicate that there are brutal and rejecting mothers, and that even the best of mothers can become annoyed with her offspring). The assumption is also made by the general public that children cannot grow up without mother love. This assumption was formulated forcefully by Freud, and, at present, is generally held as an article of faith by many psychologists. The maternal deprivation theory is concerned with environmental influences which engender a healthy mental and emotional development of the child, and it focuses on the role and function of the mother.
KeywordsMaternal Deprivation Essential Psychology Mother Love Orphanage Child Peer Group Member
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