Bowlby 's Theory Of Attachment

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The aim off this assignment is to demonstrate my knowledge on Bowlby’s theory of attachment by been able to apply it to Neil from the programme 56 Up. In this assignment I will be analysing Neil’s life and explaining his transition from child hood to adolescent with the help of Bowlby life course theories. Throughout this assignment I will be using an adequate amount of literature to support my statements.
I 've decided to concentrate on Neil from the programme 56 Up, the reasoning behind this is that Neil 's life ended up being maybe the most unpredictable of the group. During the show we witness Neil transition from a happy seven year old who had big aspiration to go to Oxford University (56 Up, 2012) to make a future for himself to him
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As Neil always had ambition to be in politics it was no surprise that by the time of 42 up he was involved in politics, as a liberal Democrats in the London borough of hackney (56 Up, 2012) . As the programme progressed we saw Neil relocate to the North West of England to become a District councillor. When the programme came to an end we were able to see Neil become less agitated and much more jubilant.

The theory of attachment was originally developed by John Bowlby (1907 – 1990), a British psychoanalyst. Bowlby’s explanation of attachment hints that children come into the world biologically pre-programmed to form attachments with other, because this will avail them to survive. According to Bowlby, crying, clinging and searching our behaviours displayed by infants as a result of separation from their primary caregiver and a response to re-establish proximity. Bowlby proposed the idea of monotropy, this is when an effective emotional bond is formed between an infant and one particular individual. Bowlby suggested that there is a critical period for attachment to be formed between an infant and caregiver. This means that if an attachment is not formed priority to the first two years of infancy it would not be possible to form an attachment after this period. Thus meaning that the child will suffer irreversible long-term consequences as a result of maternal deprivation. Bowlby used the term maternal deprivation to refer to the
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