A tale of four countries: How Bowlby used his trip through Europe to write the WHO report and spread his ideas

  title={A tale of four countries: How Bowlby used his trip through Europe to write the WHO report and spread his ideas},
  author={Frank C. P. van der Horst and Karin Zetterqvist Nelson and Lenny van Rosmalen and Ren{\'e} van der Veer},
  journal={Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences},
  pages={169 - 185}
Abstract Attachment theory, developed by child psychiatrist John Bowlby, is considered a major theory in developmental psychology. Attachment theory can be seen as resulting from Bowlby's personal experiences, his psychoanalytic education, his subsequent study of ethology, and societal developments during the 1930s and 1940s. One of those developments was the outbreak of World War II and its effects on children's psychological wellbeing. In 1950, Bowlby was appointed WHO consultant to study the… 
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