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Example Answer for Question 16 Paper 1: AS Psychology, June 2017 (AQA)

AS, A-Level

Last updated 16 May 2017

Section C - Attachment

16 Outline [3 marks]

Suggested Answer: Bowlby argued that prolonged emotional deprivation would have serious consequences on a child’s emotional development. According to Bowlby, emotional needs are just as important as physical needs, and a warm, intimate and continuous relationship is required for normal mental health. Furthermore, Bowlby claimed that if a child is denied of such care, especially during a critical period of development (up to two and a half years), they will become emotionally disturbed. Finally, Bowlby argued that the long-term effects of deprivation include: emotional maladjustment and mental health problems like depression. 

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