Bentley and Mace - Chapter 14
Separation Stress in Early Childhood
Harmless Side Effect of Modern Care-giving Practices or Risk Factor for Development?
types of non-maternal care in industrial societies confront children
with a 'cage situation', in which they involuntarily land and over
which they have no control. Their wish for 'return as needed' to their
primary attachment figure cannot be fulfilled. The wish is intense when
the adaptation fails, the quality of the care is
limited, the new caregiving person is not accepted as a secure base,
and the other children cannot be used by an inhibited and fearful child
as a social attraction and
rather are perceived as a threat.