Bowlby, John (1907–1990)
Published Online: 30 JAN 2010
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Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology
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Staff 2010. Bowlby, John (1907–1990). Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1.
- Published Online: 30 JAN 2010
John Bowlby is known for his work on the ill effects of maternal deprivation on personality development and for formulating attachment theory as a way of conceptualizing a child's tie to the mother. The son of a London surgeon, he studied medicine and psychology at Cambridge, completed his medical training in London (1933), and specialized in child psychiatry and psychoanalysis. After five years as an Army psychiatrist, he joined the Tavistock Clinic and Tavistock Institute of Human Relations, where he worked full time (1946–1972) as a clinician, teacher, and researcher in child and family psychiatry.