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The Nature and Nurture of Love: From Imprinting to Attachment in Cold War America

Marga Vicedo


The notion that maternal care and love will determine a child's emotional well-being and future personality has become ubiquitous. In countless stories and movies we find that the problems of the protagonists—anything from the fear of romantic commitment to serial killing—stem from their troubled relationships with their mothers during childhood. How did we come to hold these views about the determinant power of mother love over an individual's emotional development? And what does this vision of mother love entail for children and mothers? This book examines scientific views about children's e ... More

Keywords: maternal care, emotional well-being, mother love, childhood, childhood, emotional development, emotional needs, John Bowlby, ethological theory, attachment behavior

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780226020556
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226020693.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Marga Vicedo, author