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The Nature and Nurture of LoveFrom Imprinting to Attachment in Cold War America$
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Marga Vicedo

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780226020556

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226020693.001.0001

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Infants, Instincts, and Mothers

(p.231) Conclusion
The Nature and Nurture of Love

Marga Vicedo

University of Chicago Press

This chapter summarizes the main results of the study. It highlights some key factors that explain the success of attachment theory in the face of substantial criticism, and reflects on what the present historical analysis says about its value. Since attachment theorists have often used historical reconstruction to legitimize their science, a reinterpretation of that history must bear on the status of the theory. It is argued that over the course of a few decades, attachment theorists failed to address some of the basic challenges their critics raised. It cites the need to clarify the relations among behaviors, emotions, and instincts and the questionable uses of animal models in human psychology.

Keywords:   attachment theory, attachment theorists, infants, mothers, behaviors, emotions, instincts, animal models, human psychology

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