maternal deprivation (redirected from The theory of 'Maternal Deprivation')
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maternal deprivation lack of contact between mother figure and child. The term was coined by BOWLBY (1958) who maintained that maternal deprivation in early life would lead to behavioural problems and delinquency in later childhood and adolescence. This link has subsequently been questioned, particularly by Rutter (Maternal Deprivation Reassessed, 1981), who argued that privation, rather than maternal deprivation, was the more likely cause of the problems shown by the children Bowlby studied.