The Theory Of Attachment Theory

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Introduction John Bowlby’s Attachment theory is relevant to serial murderers since it looks at the child’s early life experiences, focusing on the bond between the mother and child (Bretherton, 1992). It argues that a break in the bond will lead the child to a life of crime and delinquency. In this paper we will discuss two points. The first point is discussing Aileen’s Wuornos life from childhood to adulthood and the second point is explaining how her life is relevant to Bowlby’s Attachment Theory. We will finally know what happened in Aileen Wuornos’ life that caused her to become one of the most famous female serial killers of all time. Theory The theory of attachment was originally developed by child psychiatrist John Bowlby around 1948 (Bretherton, 1992). Attachment theory is when a child attaches/bonds themselves to a parental figure, somebody who cares for the child. Bowlby believed that the impact on a child’s life is greatest when the child and caregiver form an attachment when the child is very young in age (infant). Bowlby stated that if the attachment between the child and caregiver was not secure, that the child could then start to develop delinquent behavior (Schmalleger, 2014). Bowlby stated within his attachment theory that children who were abandoned at an early age, who really had only one parent in their life (other parent could have for instance been in prison), or children that were abused (physically, mentally, emotionally, sexually), were going to
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